Rain comes to SoCal after storm brings snow to Sierra Nevada

A winter storm hit the Sierra Nevada overnight and will pound the region throughout Thursday, bringing heavy mountain snow, rainfall, high winds and dangerous driving conditions as it moves toward southern California.

The Sacramento National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning midnight Friday for western Plumas County and Lassen National Park and the western slope of northern Sierra Nevada counties.

The snow report was not available early Thursday morning, said Katrina Hand, a weather forecaster with the bureau.

meteorologists forecast 10 to 30 inches for Shasta County and the southern Cascades Mountains and 1 to 3 feet in the Sierra Nevada. The heaviest snowfalls are expected on higher peaks, Hand said. Gusty winds on the ridge are predicted to reach between 45 and 65 mph and peak Thursday morning, causing dangerous and even whiteout conditions.

“We’re asking people to reconsider their mountain travel plans,” Hand said.

The storm, which originated in western Canada and the Gulf of Alaska, brought one-hundredth of an inch to one-half inch of rain to the Sacramento Valley over the past 24 hours, the weather service said. Up to 2 inches of rain is expected, Hand said.

The rainfall didn’t move far south of Sacramento early Thursday morning, Hand said. Radar on Thursday morning showed the storm was moving southeast, Hand said.

Light drizzle fell in Southern California on Thursday night, with a few isolated showers expected later in the day. Temperatures across the region will be 10 degrees below normal, said Andrew Rorke, a senior meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

“The real rain starts after midnight [Friday] and see you tomorrow morning when the main cold front moves through southern California,” Rorke said. Meteorologists are predicting about a quarter inch to a half inch of rain, weaker than previous days’ forecasts, Rorke said.

Southern California could use a big storm “to put a lot of water on us,” Rorke said.

“It won’t be,” added Rorke.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-12-01/weather-rain-snow-california-los-angeles Rain comes to SoCal after storm brings snow to Sierra Nevada

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