Heavy Snow In The Mountains, Strong Winds In The Central Valley
A strong winter storm is bringing very heavy snow to the mountains of California.
The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Sierra Nevada above 3,500 feet, until 10 PM Tuesday.
Moderate to heavy snow is expected today through Monday. Expect tremendous snow accumulations in the upper elevations with yardsticks required for snow measurement.
According to the National Weather Service, the total snow accumulations above the 5,000 foot elevation will range from two to eight feet. The higher you go, the more the snow.
Strong winds gusting as high as 65 mph, is further reducing visibilities during this event, with whiteout conditions.
This is resulting in significant travel delays with extremely difficult to impossible travel over the mountains.
The gusty winds will likely bring down tree branches. Damage to trees and power lines is possible.
Snow levels will gradually drop to as low as 2,000 feet by late Tuesday afternoon or evening.
A Winter Storm Warning means there will be snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Travel is not recommended while the Warning is in effect. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Additionally, a Wind Advisory for the Northern San Joaquin Valley will continue until 10 PM tonight.
Southerly winds of twenty to thirty mph, with gusts ranging from forty-five to fifty mph, are forecast across the Central Valley as the storm moves through. These strong winds may cause power outages, down weakened trees and tree branches. Secure outdoor objects.
Driving could be difficult for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution while driving.