SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) — “Well so much for summer!”
That was the tweet sent by the California Highway Patrol as a June storm makes its way across Northern and Central California, bringing rain, thunder, lightning and even snow.
Snow began falling in parts of the Sierra Nevada on Sunday and rain, lightning and hail were reported in parts of the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley.
CBS13 viewers pulled out their cellphones and began shooting video of a funnel cloud near Plumas Lake and posting it on the CBS Sacramento Facebook page.
The National Weather Service in Sacramento said they received several reports of funnel clouds but none of them ever touched down. The weather service also says up to 5 inches of snow is expected in higher elevations of the Northern Sierra, with possibly 8 to 12 inches of snow falling over Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Meteorologist Eric Kurth says it’s not uncommon to get snow in the mountain peaks this time of year, but it’s unusual for the weather service to issue an advisory in June warning drivers to be ready for winter driving conditions.
“It’s enough snow to cause travel difficulty this time of the year,” Kurth said.