Jan. 20, 2010 - Periods of snow will continue into Friday morning. Snow levels will lower to 3000 to 4000 feet tonight in most areas. Periods of heavy snow and wind gusts in excess of 60 mph can be expected over higher mountain passes creating areas of near zero visibility at times. An additional 2 to 4 feet of snow will fall above 7000 feet by early Friday morning, with 12 to 18 inches above 5000 feet. Several inches of snow may fall as low as 3000 feet, especially tonight and Thursday. Snow will become more showery Thursday during the day, but steady snowfall is likely again Thursday night. Snow will finally taper off to scattered snow showers early Friday morning.
Winter storm warning now in effect until 4 am Friday.
* Timing: Periods of snow will continue through Friday morning. Light snow this morning will become heavy at times this afternoon and tonight. Snow may taper off somewhat Thursday morning before intensifying again Thursday afternoon and evening. The series of storms will wind down early Friday morning.
* Main Impact: Heavy snow with accumulations of 2 to 4 feet are possible over higher mountain peaks through early Friday morning. 12 to 18 inches will fall above 5000 feet with several inches possible as low as 3000 feet. Snow levels near 4500 feet today will drop to 3000 to 3500 feet tonight and remain there through Friday morning.
* Other Impacts: Strong south wind gusts to 60 mph are possible and may create areas of blowing and drifting snow at the higher elevations.
A Winter Storm Warning For Heavy Snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel hazardous. If you must travel keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Area: Shasta Lake Area / Northern Shasta County - Burney Basin / Eastern Shasta County - Mountains Southwestern Shasta County To Northern Lake County - Western Plumas County/Lassen Park - West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada including the cities of Shasta Dam, Burney, Alder Springs, Chester, Quincy, Blue Canyon
Affected Counties or parts of: Yuba, Plumas, Yolo, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Sierra, Alpine, Shasta, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Sacramento, Placer, Solano, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Lake, Tehama, Nevada
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