Despite another year of drought in Northern California, the fall months have already brought plenty of precipitation. September saw 1000% of its historical rainfall and an October 22nd storm brought early-season snowfall to the mountains. Now, it looks like the month of November is set to join the precipitation party.
A storm is forecast to hit NorCal on Tuesday, November 1, bringing rain to the entire region and up to a foot of snow to the mountains. Hopefully, this storm is a sign of things to come this winter.
The storm will arrive on Tuesday and last through Wednesday night, forecast to bring up to 2 inches of rain:
The storm will be cold enough to drop snow as low as 3,500 feet elevation. The snow will fall throughout the Sierra, with accumulations up to a foot in areas like Carson Pass and Lassen Peak:
Travel will be impacted throughout the week, with hazardous mountain travel expected, including possible chain controls and closures:
As with every early-season storm, expect tough travel conditions on the roadways. Foreign substances that have fallen on the roadways over the summer will come to the surface, causing slick conditions for all drivers. If you don’t have to travel, we recommend a nice relaxing rain day in the comfort of your own home.
The storms in September and October helped to significantly hinder late-fire season in NorCal, and this storm might end the season entirely. The rain will also help with water levels in lakes and rivers, which are currently at their lowest of the year.
When it comes to weather news in NorCal, this forecast is just what we need. Let’s hope it’s the start of a wet November – or should we say NovemBURIED.