Batten down the hatches.
The first of two major winter storms is expected to strike California tonight, bringing strong winds and rain along the coast and heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada. Duane Dykema, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Monterey says “The entire state of California is pretty much under the gun for the next three or four days.”
The first storm, which originated in the eastern Pacific Ocean, was expected to reach the San Francisco Bay area late Thursday night. The brunt of the storm is expected to hit the Bay Area and then head south to the Los Angeles area by late tomorrow morning. A second storm, which originated in Western Canada, is expected to move south through Washington and Oregon before reaching California Friday night.