Are You Dreaming Of A White Christmas Weekend?
A series of winter storms will bring multiple rounds of mountain snow and gusty winds through early next week.
The Winter Storm Warning currently in effect for the Sierra Nevada, has been extended until 10 AM Tuesday.
Mountain snow showers will continue this afternoon (Christmas Eve) with the next heavy round of snow occurring this evening through Saturday (Christmas Day) with snow levels dropping down into the upper foothills.
The snow levels will range from 2,000 to 3,500 feet.
Activity will become more showery Saturday night with another round of heavy snow on Sunday afternoon and Monday with the snow levels dropping down into the lower foothills through Tuesday morning.
The snow levels will range from 1,000 to 2,500 feet.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Mother Lode, from 4 AM Sunday through 10 AM Tuesday.
Total snow accumulation in the Mother Lode above the 1,000 foot elevation, will range from four inches to four feet. Above the 3,000 foot elevation, additional snow accumulations will range from two to twelve feet. The higher you go, the more the snow.
Gusty winds as high as forty mph in the Mother Lode and fifty mph in the Sierra Nevada will further reduce visibilities during this event, with local whiteout conditions possible. Tree branches could fall as well.
The cold wind chills, as low as fifteen below zero, could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
Major travel delays and difficult or impossible travel conditions are anticipated through early next week. Holiday travelers should prepare for winter driving conditions by packing chains, warm winter clothes, and extra food and water. Foothill locations that do not normally receive snow should prepare for winter conditions, especially from Sunday morning through Tuesday morning.
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.