Update: Regional Warnings, Watches & Advisories
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Sierra Nevada above 6,000 feet through 4 PM Tuesday.
Total snow accumulations will range from one to three feet above the 6,000 foot elevation.
Winds of twenty-five to thirty-five mph will continue with gusts up to sixty mph.
A Flood Watch has also been issued for the Sierra Nevada below 6,000 feet from this evening through late Tuesday night
Total rainfall accumulations of over three inches are anticipated.
Additionally, a Flood Watch has been issued for the Mother Lode and the Northern San Joaquin Valley from this evening through Wednesday afternoon.
Significant rises in rivers and streams can be expected in the Mother Lode beginning tonight.
Runoff from the rain and melting snow will cause renewed rises in rivers and streams. Mudslides and rockslides can lead to road closures.
Travel could be very difficult. Some roads may be flooded or impassable. Avoid driving through unknown depths of water. Turn around, don`t drown.
Over one inch of rain is possible in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. Flooding of poor drainage areas and flood prone creeks and streams will be possible across the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
Finally, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the Northern San Joaquin Valley, which is in effect from midnight tonight through noon on Tuesday.
Winds of twenty to thirty mph are expected with gusts up to fifty mph.
Downed trees and power outages will be possible along with difficult driving conditions, especially for high profile vehicles.
A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of twenty-five to thirty-nine mph are expected with gusts ranging from forty to fifty-seven mph. Winds this strong can cause property damage and make driving difficult.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
A Winter Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions are either expected or is occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.