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.

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Travel delays and chain controls are expected in the foothills and higher elevations.

Temperatures could drop to close to freezing in interior regions.

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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.

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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.