UPDATE 5:35 P.M.: Precipitation in our region also fell in the form of hail and snow Tuesday afternoon:
UPDATE 2:43 P.M.: The NWS confirmed sightings of a funnel cloud Tuesday afternoon, but said there were no touchdowns.
The sightings were reported after officials issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Placer, Sacramento, Sutter and Yolo counties.
The warning was issued at about 2 p.m. and is expected to last until about 3:30 p.m.
STO issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo [CA] till 3:00 PM PDT https://t.co/2CSNlh9xNV— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) April 7, 2015
Rain, hail and thunder in downtown? Well that was fun! pic.twitter.com/kzPO3k36yK— City of Sacramento (@TheCityofSac) April 7, 2015
UPDATE: (AP) 7 A.M. - An unusually cold spring storm is bringing near-winter temperatures to parts of Northern California, dumping heavy rain and hail on some areas and snow in the mountains.
However, forecasters say the storm, while welcome, will do little to ease the state's historic drought.
The National Weather Service says up to 2 feet of snow could fall Tuesday in the Sierra Nevada. Motorists are urged to use caution on mountain roads, where snow levels could reach 3,500 feet.
Hail was reported in parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Further north, temperatures in Eureka and across Humboldt County dipped into the 30s overnight as the system moved in.
The storm is expected to spread moderate rain down the Central Coast to the Los Angeles basin by Tuesday afternoon before dwindling early Wednesday.
The wet weather slowed down the morning commute early Tuesday. Several crashes were reported including a big rig crash on northbound Interstate 5 at J Street in downtown. As of 9 a.m., officials tweeted that all lanes were reopened.
UPDATE: Northbound I-5 at J Street, ALL LANES REOPENED— Caltrans District 3 (@D3PIO) April 7, 2015
6 A.M. This spring storm that's bringing rain to the Valley and Northern California could also dump up to two feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada.
That's according to the National Weather Service.
Motorists are urged to use caution on mountain roads, where snow levels could reach 3,500 feet.
Meanwhile, motorists in the Valley are being asked to use caution when driving on freeways. Several major accidents have been reported including one on northbound 99 at 12th. Traffic was backed up all the way to Florin. This accident cleared by 6:50 a.m.
This is NB 99 at Florin, backed up due to crash on 99 at 12th blocking middle two lanes. pic.twitter.com/zQUSnNJJli— Caltrans District 3 (@D3PIO) April 7, 2015
Several accidents were reported on northbound Interstate 5. A big rig crash reduced traffic to only one lane at J Street in downtown Sacramento.
1 and 2 lanes now open on NB I-5 at J Street. Still working cleanup in right lanes.— Caltrans District 3 (@D3PIO) April 7, 2015
NB I-5 still reduced to 1 lane due to big rig crash. Expect delays through downtown pic.twitter.com/nHnOuGw7rS— Caltrans District 3 (@D3PIO) April 7, 2015
Another crash at Seamas, caused back up down the pocket.
Another crash to report, NB I-5 at Seamas has traffic backed up down to Pocket. Rain causing havoc this morning.— Caltrans District 3 (@D3PIO) April 7, 2015