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Severe winter storm brings major impacts to Northern California today

Heavy rain/snow, low snow levels, strong South winds, and the potential for valley thunderstorms are all ahead for your Thursday in Northern California

Posted: Mar 1, 2018 6:48 AM

Be prepared for very severe and active weather across Northern California today, and more of the same through the start of your weekend. Major impacts are expected from the heavy rain, low and heavy snow, and gusty South winds across the region today. A Winter Storm Warning is in place for areas above 2000' through 10pm Saturday. A Wind Advisory will be in place for the valley from 7am today, until 8pm tonight. Power outages will be possible from the heavy snow and strong winds. Hazardous driving conditions will also be in store for the next few days. Snow levels have dipped into the 2000' range in Shasta County, but have stayed around 1000' higher in the Butte County foothills overnight. Valley areas will experience heavy rain, and the potential for thunderstorms today. Mountain areas will have heavy snow falling to low levels over the next few days. The majority of our area will have snow down to 2000' later today, and that could dip even further tonight. Winds will also be a big concern today. Sustained winds will range from 15 to 35mph out of the South today. Gusts could reach around 45mph in the valley, and portions of the Sierra could have gusts up to 65mph. Temperatures are starting out in the 40's for the valley, and in the 20's to 30's in the mountains. High temperatures are only projected to top out in the low to mid 50's in the valley, and in the 30's to low 40's in the mountains.

More of the same on the way for tomorrow, but snow levels will start out very low on Friday morning. Redding will have the potential for snow overnight in the wake of the substantial cold front heading through. Valley rain and thunderstorms will still be likely on Friday, and will turn into scattered showers on Saturday. Mountain areas will continue to have low elevation snowfall through late Saturday, and that could potentially spill into early Sunday. Up to 2 feet of snow will be possible down to 2000', 3-5 feet of snow will be possible down to 3500', and up to 7 feet of snow will be possible along higher peaks. Temperatures will be slightly cooler from Friday through Sunday, but will rebound back into the mid 50's in the valley on Monday.

Looks like we will have a break from the wet weather from Sunday through Tuesday afternoon. Another wet system will return to our area on Tuesday evening, and will last through the middle of next week. That storm system looks much warmer than the current one, and will more than likely result in snow levels down to around 4000'.

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Riverside574821172
San Bernardino52873908
Orange523821150
San Diego45147765
Kern31572354
Fresno27843362
Sacramento21628383
Alameda20748390
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Imperial11606314
San Francisco1086599
San Mateo9625144
Monterey956869
Santa Barbara8930110
Merced8820137
Kings753477
Sonoma7160120
Marin6613113
Solano619457
Madera442465
Placer350742
San Luis Obispo343827
Butte276940
Yolo276554
Santa Cruz22768
Sutter167910
Napa164113
San Benito131211
Yuba11307
El Dorado10744
Mendocino87518
Lassen7350
Shasta72414
Glenn5633
Nevada5246
Colusa5196
Tehama5134
Lake51211
Humboldt4896
Calaveras31114
Amador28616
Tuolumne2264
Inyo18714
Mono1652
Siskiyou1630
Del Norte1381
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc250
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
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Mild temperatures, breezy south winds, and improved air quality are ahead for your Wednesday. Coastal showers will be possible on Thursday, and then hot temperatures and high fire danger return for your weekend.
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