The National Weather Service says a series of wet systems from the northern Pacific Ocean could bring more than an inch of rain to some areas. The precipitation is likely to continue through the weekend.
A winter weather advisory is in effect Wednesday for Lake Tahoe and much of the Sierra's eastern front where up to a foot of snow is expected by Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service says the heaviest snow is expected during the day Wednesday. Between two and four inches of snow is expected at lake level at Tahoe.
Meanwhile, the snowpack atop mountain peaks in California has a new set of eyes to better gauge the amount of spring runoff. NASA has fixed a twin-engine plane with high-tech equipment to make regular snow surveys in the state.
Snow increasing in mountains today. Images are of expected snowfall totals for today and tonight. http://t.co/KhspxgDEFB— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 26, 2014
Isolated valley t-storms expected later today. Potential for weak funnel clouds and/or tornadoes in Sac Valley. pic.twitter.com/94gPSH9yWp— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 26, 2014
UPDATE 6:40 P.M. - Firefighters continue to make progress on the Washington Fire. As of late Thursday afternoon, containment stood at 15 percent. Crews remain focused on keeping the fire away from the community of Markleeville.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District said the region's air quality is forecast to be unhealthy for sensitive groups Thursday.
Warmer weather is bringing out snakes, including rattlesnakes, in Northern California.
With high temperatures, people and their pets hit the water to cool down.
Some scattered showers are in the forecast for the Sacramento Valley and throughout Northern California Thursday. While not much precipitation is expected, a winter weather advisory has been issued for elevations above 6,500 feet south of Highway 50.