Two wet and cold storms will visit a large portion of California this week. They are expected to add quite a bit of snow to the already well-above-average snowpack.
The first storm will move over Northern California beginning Monday through Tuesday and could drop a quarter-of-an-inch of rain at low elevations and up to a foot of snow in the mountains.
Light to moderate precipitation will continue today, followed by a stronger weather system Tuesday night into Wednesday with periods of heavy mountain snow. Mountain travel is highly discouraged! #cawx pic.twitter.com/2PRGagF1Rq— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 25, 2019
But the second storm, arriving Tuesday night, could triple that outcome.
That'll add to the snowpack by Thursday, says Brendon Rubin-Oster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
"There hasn't been significant melting. So, we haven't lost too much of our snowpack. So, this will add an additional two or three feet unto the snowpack and welcomed by all the ski resorts,” Rubin-Oster said.
A stronger weather system will impact interior NorCal with periods of moderate to heavy precipitation Tuesday evening into Wednesday. Here's the latest precipitation forecast. #cawx pic.twitter.com/knTNufzoGW— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 25, 2019
He says all that rain and snow will make traveling through mountain passes difficult, especially in the Lake Tahoe area. High winds and flooding are also expected during the brunt of the storm. The impacts of the weather events may be seen as far south as Santa Barbara.
CapRadio provides a trusted source of news because of you. As a nonprofit organization, donations from people like you sustain the journalism that allows us to discover stories that are important to our audience. If you believe in what we do and support our mission, please donate today.