Sacramento Valley rainfall is expected to taper off tonight with some lingering showers into Saturday. In the Northern Sierra Nevada, accumulating snow is expected on mountain roads through the day today and into tonight.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service say there’s a potential for travel disruption from snowfall over mountain roads above 5,000 feet. Snow showers may linger into Saturday night with additional light accumulations as the storm exits to the south and east.
Meanwhile, the heavy rain in Southern California is bringing worries of mudslides where recent wildfires left mountainsides exposed. A 10-mile stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway was closed overnight in Ventura County because of high likelihood of rock slides in an area made bare by last year’s Springs Fire in Camarillo.
CHP is requiring chains on I-80 between Donner Lake Rd. to Nyack and Eastbound 1-80 at Drum Forebay is closed due to heavy snow and multiple accidents. Downtown Sacramento's Concert in the Park was cancelled due to the weather.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Sutter and Yuba counties until 1:30 p.m. Unsettled weather will continue through Saturday.
The storm that's been bringing strong winds, heavy rain and snow to much of Northern California over the past four days is weakening.
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A winter storm is forecast to bring mostly rain in the Sierra Nevada Friday, with high snow levels. But Saturday, snow is expected at lower elevations.