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Storm Brings Rain To Sacramento Valley, Snow To The Sierra

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Monday's storm is bringing some much-needed rain to the Sacramento Valley and snow to the Sierra. 

It's already snowing at Donner Pass, and Jason Clapp with the National Weather Service in Sacramento says the snow could make its way down the mountain Monday.

"That front has moved through, so we're getting colder air aloft, which means the snow levels are going to start lowering this afternoon," he says.

But Clapp says it won't stick around for long. Warm winds Tuesday will likely melt most of the snow pack.

The Weather Service expects about .5-inch of rain to fall in Sacramento, and one to two inches in Grass Valley and Tahoe.

"I think we keep the showers going later through the afternoon," says Clapp. "Maybe some thunderstorms developing, especially if we get some sun peeking through clouds. Heating things up a little bit helps to destabilize the atmosphere."

On Monday morning, the Butte Fire burn area is getting just .10 to .25-inch of rain per hour. That's less than the .5-inch per hour required to cause debris flows.

A number of traffic accidents were also reported Monday morning due to the weather. Find updates here.

-Capital Public Radio Staff

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