The storms forecast to hit Northern California this week are turning out to be historic. As weather models show a significant drop in temperatures on Tuesday night, the snowfall is now expected to reach the lowest levels of the Sacramento Valley. This could mean potentially historic snowfall in Redding.
With the storm currently building moisture over the Pacific Ocean, weather forecasts continue to upgrade snowfall levels during the week. The most recent weather model shows something astounding – 13 inches of snow for Redding between Tuesday and Wednesday:
A winter storm watch has been issued for the Sacramento Valley north of Chico where 3-6 inches of heavy, wet snow is expected to fall with local accumulations up to a foot. This has the potential to be a crippling snowstorm for an area that rarely ever sees snow. #CAwx #CAsnow pic.twitter.com/5IYd84NpDL— US StormWatch (@GreatWinter2017) January 25, 2021
The snow could reach low levels of the valley on Tuesday afternoon and continue to fall throughout the night, ending on Wednesday morning.
On February 12, 2019 more than a foot of snow fell on Redding, becoming the largest storm the city has seen in 50 years. A storm of that magnitude can be crippling for an area that rarely sees snow. Downed trees and power lines caused power outages to over 20,000 residents. The traffic was vicious in town, with closures to Interstate 5 delaying big rig traffic through the I-5 corridor. The Shasta County Sheriff even declared a state of emergency due to the ill-effects of the storm.
Of course, weather forecasts are a moving target and anything can happen in regards to the precipitation and temperatures this week. It’s safe to say that snow will fall early and often this week in the mountains. The question remains how low it will go.
For anyone living in the Redding area, be prepared for potential power outages and dangerous driving conditions in town. Get ready for an epic snow day!