March is a wild card that could easily bring the area back to normal.
By this time of year, Tahoe has usually logged 16 inches of winter precipitation. This year’s total is only 11 inches.
While fears remain that the rest of the year will be dry too, the National Weather Service says there’s a fifty-fifty chance that March will be wetter than normal. In five of the last 10 years March precipitation has been above average.
Brian Brong with the National Weather Service in Reno says even normal March precipitation could bring Tahoe very close to average.
“A three inch difference isn’t that big a statistical difference for Tahoe City when you think that the yearly total is 30 inches, so that is you know what 10 percent of average for an entire year," says Brong.
There is also a phenomenon known as a “Miracle March” when precipitation is double normal. But that has only happened twice in the past 20 years. The last time was 2011.
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.
The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for several counties in the region including: Sacramento, Yolo, Calaveras, Amador, San Joaquin and Stanislaus.
UPDATE 9 a.m.: The thousand-mile coast of California is covered in warnings, watches and advisories for rain, flooding and high surf as another El Nino storm moves in from the Pacific. Winter weather advisories are also in effect in Nevada.
Several storm systems queued off the coast will bring several inches of rain to the Sacramento Valley this week.
(AP) - Parts of California remain in the grip of a cold spell. The National Weather Service issued a hard freeze warning for much of the San Joaquin Valley through 10 a.m. Thursday.