Pacific Storms Will Impact The Region
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Sierra Nevada above 5,000 feet, from 4 PM this afternoon through 4 PM Wednesday.
Total snow accumulations above the 5,000 foot elevation, will range from four inches to three feet.
The winds could gust as high as sixty mph over the exposed ridgetops and near the Sierra crest.
A High Wind Watch has been issued for the Mother Lode and the Northern San Joaquin Valley, from Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night.
Winds of twenty-five to thirty-five mph are expected with gusts ranging up to sixty mph.
Power outages, downed trees, difficult driving conditions are expected.
Additionally, a Flood Watch remains in effect for both the Mother Lode and the Northern San Joaquin Valley, from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.
Rainfall amounts of one to three inches are possible in the Central Valley. Up to seven inches of rain is forecast in the Mother Lode.
There is the potential for some localized ponding of water on roadways. Rises on small streams and creeks could lead to flooding.
Periods of heavy rain, along with the strong winds, will make driving difficult due to slippery roads and poor visibility.
A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Sierra Nevada below 7,000 feet, from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening.
Heavy rain totaling may lead to excessive runoff, rising water levels on area rivers and streams and a threat of flash flooding.
Additionally, mud slides, rock slides and debris flows are possible in some locations, especially in the vicinity of the Ferguson burn scar.
Some roads may become closed, impassable, or washed out.
Finally, a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the Sierra Nevada above 6,000 feet, from Wednesday afternoon through late Thursday night.
This storm is expected to bring several feet of snowfall accumulation and strong winds to the higher elevations.
Travel could be very difficult to impossible.
A Winter Weather Advisory now means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur.
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 Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. You should monitor National Weather Forecasts and be prepared to move to a safe location should Flash Flood Warnings be issued. If you live in a flood prone area, this would be a good time to review an emergency escape plan in the event high water or a debris flow threatens your home.