A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until noon on Wednesday for both the Mother Lode above 2,500 feet and the entire Sierra Nevada.
Snow levels will continue to lower throughout the afternoon. Snow may reach the Mother Lode by this evening. The brunt of the storm is moving through the region this afternoon and evening. Snow showers are likely to continue to impact the Mother Lode above 2,500 feet through Wednesday morning. The snow could fall to as low as 1,500 feet late tonight or early Wednesday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, total snow accumulations will range from two to six inches above 2,500 feet and four to eighteen inches above 3,000 feet.
Heavy snow will cause major travel problems in the mountains and the foothills. Road closures and delays likely. Driving conditions normally seen only near pass levels will occur at much lower elevations. Low visibilities are likely during heavy snowfall. There could be snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour at times.
Winds of fifteen to twenty-five mph are expected in the Sierra Nevada with gusts up to fifty-five mph over the upper ridges and higher terrain.
Temperatures in the Sierra Nevada will remain in the upper twenties.
Lingering snow showers in the Sierra Nevada on Wednesday will keep a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from noon until 4 pm.
A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel difficult. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.