Winter Storm from Christmas Eve Into Christmas Day
A winter storm is expected to bring hazardous winter driving conditions to the Sierra Nevada from Christmas Eve into early Christmas Day.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Sierra Nevada above 6,000 feet, starting on Monday morning. This will be upgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory for the Sierra Nevada, from 5 PM Monday through 10 AM Tuesday.
Snow levels will start out around 6,000 feet on Monday and then lower to around 5,000 feet Monday night, then down to around 4,000 feet on Christmas morning.
Total snow accumulations will range from half-a-foot to one foot-and-a-half above the 6,000 foot elevation.
Winds may gust as high as forty mph. The winds could bring down tree branches.
Holiday travelers should consider adjusting travel times to avoid the heaviest snow, which is expected Monday afternoon and evening. Plan on slippery road conditions.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
A Winter Weather Advisory means periods of snow will primarily cause travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.