SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Forecasters warned of dangerous driving conditions through the Sierra where a winter storm is expected to bring snow and much-needed rain to Northern California on late Sunday through Monday.
The storm could drop up to 1 1/4 inches of rain in the foothills, and up to 2 feet of snow in higher elevations of the northern Sierra Nevada, the National Weather Service Sacramento said, leading to snow-covered roads early Monday. The NWS said the heaviest snow is expected to occur overnight and the early morning.READ MORE: Protesters In Placerville Call For Noose To Remain In City's Logo
Travel delays and chain controls are expected in the foothills and higher elevations.
Rain & snow are on the way! Precipitation is currently moving into the north & will spread southeast through the evening & into Monday morning. Snow levels will be 2500-4000 feet tonight, lowering to 1000-2000 feet by Monday morning. Mountain travel is highly discouraged! #CAwx pic.twitter.com/tDuAPyfBOT
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 14, 2021READ MORE: Police Responding To Intruder Call Swarm Natomas Home To Discover Roomba As Cleaning Culprit
Temperatures could drop to close to freezing in interior regions.
The winter storm warning will be in effect until 5 p.m. Monday.
California’s overall rain and snow totals have been running well below average because of a largely dry winter that persisted through February.MORE NEWS: Family Calls For Help In Finding Missing Modesto Mother Of 2 Allegedly Kidnapped At Gunpoint
A key indicator of water supplies will come with a Sierra snow survey on April 1, the date when the snowpack is normally the deepest and has the highest water content.