It’s been just over a week since we received the Thanksgiving week storm that blanketed Northern California with snow, and Mother Nature hasn’t let up. Last weekend saw significant snowfall in the mountains and the upcoming weekend looks a lot like the same.
The National Weather Service released its forecast for the upcoming storm, set to hit NorCal on Friday and last through Sunday, and the snow totals could reach nearly 7 feet in the mountains. While areas like Tahoe and Mammoth will receive the usual 3 to 4 feet, Lassen Peak could see up to 80 inches.
Travel in high elevation areas are discouraged throughout the weekend, and if you have to travel in the mountains, expect significant delays and sweeping chain controls.
Traveling the Sierra is HIGHLY DISCOURAGED this weekend. Heavy snow & gusty winds will make for dangerous driving conditions late Friday through mid-day Sunday. 1 -3 feet of snow is possible at pass levels #CAwx pic.twitter.com/Aws3j4eXte— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) December 4, 2019
On top of the snow and rain, the skies will be windy throughout the weekend, with some cities seeing up to 50 mph gusts. Redding, Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe are forecast to see winds up to 30 mph, while Chico could see the brunt of the chaotic weather:
Following this storm, NorCal is expected to see a break from the crazy winter weather we’ve seen the past two weeks. Beginning on Monday, forecasts call for sunshine for at least a week.
What a perfect way to start winter. We now have a great base of snow in the mountains, ensuring some semblance of water storage stability for the upcoming water year. Let’s hope the snow continues through December!