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
It could take weeks to dry everything out — and some books are in a "deep freeze."
The snowiest storm to hit the foothills since 2011 — that's how the National Weather Service in Sacramento is describing this latest winter storm. Potential impacts include road closures and traffic delays.
A frigid air-mass from Canada is now over Northern California bringing snow to the Sierra and freezing temperatures to the Sacramento Valley. Meteorologists say this is not typical winter weather for the region.
Thursday afternoon at 1:02 p.m., the West Coast officially transitioned from summer to fall during the autumnal equinox.
Multiple records were again broken Thursday as temperatures in the region soared well above 100 degrees as they have for the past week. Where's the Delta Breeze?