Storm could bring snow to Sierra Nevada, rain to L.A.

A storm system moving along the west coast is expected to swamp the Sierra Nevada and drop feet of snow before bringing widespread rain and winds to southern California later this week.

Officials issued a winter storm warning for the Sierra from Wednesday night through Friday morning, according to the Sacramento office of the National Weather Service.

The Sierra could see 1 to 3 feet of snow and wind gusts of 45 to 65 miles per hour. The Shasta County mountains and southern Cascade Mountains are expected to get 10 to 30 inches of snow.

Authorities are advising against travel on mountain highways and have said another storm system will hit northern California over the weekend.

The storm is forecast to lose some of its bite as it moves south.

Forecasters are expecting light rain as early as Wednesday, with moderate to heavy rain and gusty southerly winds beginning late Thursday in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties and then south into Ventura and Counties through early Friday, according to National Weather Los Angeles pull service office in Oxnard.

“The rain will subside by Friday night, but light showers are possible again early Sunday,” the weather service said.

Forecasters expect 1 to 2 inches of rain in coastal and valley areas and 2 to 4 inches in the mountains.

Snow depth is expected to remain generally above 7,000 feet through early Friday, allowing any accumulation to remain at the resort level and above, the weather service said.

The San Diego Weather Service’s forecast office, which also covers Orange County and the Inland Empire, said scattered showers were possible in its area on Thursday, but “heavier, more widespread rain” is expected from the northwest toward that night Southeast will pull.

“The highest chances and heaviest rainfall will continue to be concentrated in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, which occur primarily during the nighttime hours through Friday morning,” the weather service said. “Lighter rains will spread to Riverside and San Diego counties overnight.”

Forecasters say the south- and southwest-facing slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains could get 1 to 2 inches of rain.

Less than an inch is expected in Orange County and the western Inland Empire and ¼ inch or less in San Diego County and desert areas, the weather service said.

Gusty onshore winds are expected to increase in mountains and deserts Thursday morning and reach their highest intensity Thursday night through early Friday. Storm could bring snow to Sierra Nevada, rain to L.A.

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