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.
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.
The California grape harvest dropped seven percent last year from 2014.
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.