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Posted on: November 25, 2019

Winter Storm Warning in Effect from 10:00 A.M. Tuesday through Thanksgiving above 2,000 ft

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  • What: Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Tree branches could fall as well. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 3 feet, with localized amounts up to 4 feet at higher elevations, are expected.
  • Where: Motherlode and West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada including Interstate 80 at Donner Pass, Highway 50 at Echo Pass, Highway 88 at Carson Pass, Highway 4 at Ebbetts Pass, and Highway 108 at Sonora Pass.
  • When: Tuesday morning to Thursday afternoon.
  • Additional Details: Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Downed trees and power outages possible.
  • Precautionary/ Preparedness Actions: A Winter Storm Warning for snow means there will be snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Travel is not recommended while the warning is in effect. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5-1-1.

National Weather Service Sacramento Weather Summary

A brief period of elevated fire weather today with dry, northerly winds in the Valley. Winds decrease this evening and a pattern change will be seen Tuesday as a strong Pacific system reaches the West Coast. Rain and snow will develop Tuesday afternoon, with heavier precipitation seen Tuesday night. The heaviest for the Sierra should be between 4:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. There will be low snow levels over the coastal mountain and foothill regions with some accumulations down to the lower foothills. Rain and snow continue Wednesday into Thursday with a chance of thunderstorms both of these afternoons. Valley rainfall may cause minor flooding due to clogged drains, given it has been several months since the last widespread rain. The weather becomes more showery on Thanksgiving Day with light snowfall continuing through Friday morning with below average temperatures and low snow levels. Another system may impact California next weekend.

Visit National Weather Service Sacramento for more information : https://www.weather.gov/sto/ 

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