Sacramento, CA — From the National Weather Service, there is no immediate relief from the storms that continue to ravage California and the Mother Lode.
The third storm of the week, with lightning and thundershowers, has moved into the region. Snow showers are expected to increase in the higher elevations bringing as much as one to three feet of new snow to elevations above 7,000 feet with 12 to 18 inches avove 5,000 feet by Sunday afternoon.
Wind gusts in the higher passes are expected to reach up to 50mph potentially causing whiteout conditions this afternoon.
In addition, a winter storm warning is now in effect through Sunday midnight from Yosemite south to the Kern County line. Heavy snowfall will continue at times through Sunday evening with an additional two to four feet expected above 7,000 feet. Snow levels will range from 4,500 to 5,000 feet through this evening. Colder air will then drop the snow level to below 4,000 feet through Sunday evening.
A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow are expected or occuring. Strong winds are also possible making travel extremely hazardous or even impossible.
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Written by Bill Johnson