It’s been a dry start to the winter, but the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab has just made an exciting announcement: the first significant snowfall of the season is on its way to Northern California. It could bring more than a foot of snow to the Sierra.
According to weather models, a two-day snowstorm is set to blanket the region, beginning on Wednesday. The initial round, starting Wednesday evening, is projected to bring between 3 to 6 inches of snow.
By 4 p.m. on Wednesday, a large swath of the Central and Northern Sierra Nevada, along with southern Siskiyou County, should expect to see 1 to 6 inches of snow. As the storm progresses into the night, the Central Sierra is likely to receive at least 3 inches of snow by 7 p.m. By the morning of Thursday, many areas in the Central and Northern Sierra Nevada can anticipate a snowy delight of around 8 to 10 inches.
To the northwest near Yreka, a potent snowstorm will sweep down from Oregon, covering a substantial part of the region. This snowfall will intensify, with significant accumulation forecasted along the Sierra, Coastal Range, and the far northern reaches of California by 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Current models suggest that this heavy snowfall will persist until 7 a.m. on Friday.
The Winter Weather Advisory has been updated with a new start time, today at 4PM through Thursday, December 7 until 10PM. Snowfall totals have trended up this morning. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/WaI1anZwJH— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) December 6, 2023
The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab predicts a total snowfall of 7 to 14 inches between Wednesday and Thursday. So, Northern California, get your winter gear ready for a picturesque snowfall!