Winter Storm Warning In Effect For Sierra Nevada!

Winter Storm Warning: From the coast of Northern California to Lake Tahoe, a winter storm carrying strong winds, torrential rain, and maybe several feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada shut down mountain highways, fell trees, and issued flood watches and avalanche warnings on Saturday. Over the next few days, the potent storm system is predicted to continue east, according to forecasters.

From north of Reno to south of Yosemite National Park, more than 250 miles of the Sierra remained under a winter storm warning at least through Sunday night or early Monday.

By the end of the weekend, it’s predicted that the higher elevations near Lake Tahoe may receive up to 4 feet of snow, while more isolated areas of the Sierra to the north and south will receive up to 6 feet.

The storm’s “impacts will be extended from north to south with multiple winter weather-related advisories in effect,” according to a statement from the National Weather Service. According to the weather agency, the Sierra Nevada would receive the “heaviest snowfall,” with total snowfall amounts in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies, Great Basin, and California ranging between 12 and 24 inches.

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From Colfax, California, to the Nevada state line, a 70-mile section of eastbound U.S. Interstate 80 was closed “because to zero visibility,” according to transportation officials. Much of the remaining I-80 in the mountains from Reno to Sacramento needed chains.

Heavy snowfall caused the closure of a section of California Highway 89 between Tahoe City and South Lake Tahoe, according to the highway patrol. In the mountains west of Lake Tahoe, the U.S. Forest Service issued an avalanche warning, stating that “several feet of new snow and strong winds may result in dangerous avalanche conditions.”

The National Weather Service warned that by early Sunday, winds might reach 100 mph on Sierra ridgetops after gusts of up to 50 mph pushed trees into homes in Sonoma County on Saturday.

Up to 2 inches of rain in the Bay Area and up to 5 inches at Grass Valley, northeast of Sacramento, were predicted to fall heavily throughout the weekend from San Francisco to the Sierra crest. When inches of rain fell over burn scars left by wildfires south of Monterey and further south of Big Sur on Saturday, the weather service issued a flash flood warning.

At one point on Saturday morning, more than 30,000 people in the Sacramento region were without power, but by the afternoon, all but a small number had their power back. According to the Sacramento Bee, the drivers and passengers of five cars that had become wedged between downed power lines were uninjured.

Authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area reported power outages and downed trees, some of which caused damage to vehicles and houses. Firefighters were called to many complaints of trees falling in homes in Monte Rio, a tiny village in Sonoma County along the Russian River.

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According to CBS San Francisco, a large redwood tree collapsed in Golden Gate Park, causing organizers to change the race course for the National Club Cross County Championships.

At Mammoth Mountain ski resort, south of Yosemite, where more than 10 feet of snow had been recorded since early November, around 10 inches of snow had already fallen by Saturday afternoon.

According to resort spokeswoman Lauren Burke, “it just seems like another major storm blows in every week or so.” On Sunday, there will likely be significant rainfall in several areas of Southern California. According to the weather service, rainfall in the foothills of Los Angeles County might reach 6 inches.

The weather agency predicts that the system will develop into a “large-scale and substantial storm” early next week, bringing severe weather, heavy snow, and rain to the central and southern United States. From Sunday until early Monday morning, 6 to 12 inches of snow are predicted to fall in the mountains of the central Rockies and Arizona.

The Weather Channel meteorologist Dr. Greg Postel called it a “highly impactful system from coast to coast.” On Tuesday, severe weather is possible in some areas of Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, according to Postel. Postel added that the storm front can possibly bring tornadoes to the southern United States.

Basically, there is severe weather going across the South and a snowstorm is also occurring in the Northern Plains, according to Postel. Blizzard conditions might occur in some areas of South Dakota on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the NWS Weather Prediction Center, which also stated that “transport may be impossible.”

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