Thunderstorms, Mountain Snow Forecast for Memorial Day Weekend in NorCal
Sheesh, what a bummer.
Although Memorial Day isn’t the official first day of summer, for many in Northern California, it signifies a transition from spring weather to the hotter, drier months. That doesn’t look to be the case this year.
The National Weather Service is forecasting cooler temperatures, rain and even a little mountain snow for the 3-day weekend. On top of that, thunderstorms are forecast Saturday through Monday, mainly over the mountains.
The weekend may also include another dusting of snow, with the lower Sierra Nevada seeing up to a foot of snow.
If you plan on doing the normal Memorial Day Weekend activities like camping, the NWS wants to remind you to pack accordingly:
Planning on camping Memorial Day Weekend? Periods of rain & afternoon/evening thunderstorms are possible, as well as unusually cool temperatures. Stay tuned to the forecast for more details! #cawx pic.twitter.com/Q7f5n8CQcT— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) May 23, 2019
This forecast comes on the heels of a historically wet May in NorCal, with Sacramento seeing its wettest May on record.
Squaw Valley resort received nearly 3-feet of snow this month pushing their winter snowfall total past 700 inches and giving some rare May powder days for skiers:
We usually donâ€™t get pow edits in our #springskiingcapital contest, but congrats to Randy C. for winning this week! He won prizes from @gopro @YETICoolers @oakley @smartwool. He will also be entered to win the Grand Prize: a pair of skis, a @yeticooler and @IkonPass. 1 more week! pic.twitter.com/0XlfxMFf4S— Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (@squawalpine) May 21, 2019
As of Friday, there is no word whether one of the many events in NorCal has been cancelled, but it would be safe to check online information before attending any outdoor event.
Bundle up, NorCal! It’s not quite summer weather yet!