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Major snow storm Thursday


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By: National Weather Service Sacramento CA

December 18, 2012 - A major snow storm is forecast to hit interior northern California Thursday through Sunday. Three to more than 6 feet of snow is forecast over the mountains through the four-day period. Snow levels will be much lower in the Shasta County mountains - down to around 500 feet on Thursday before rising to above 3000 feet during the weekend. This means heavy snowfall along Interstate 5 is likely with possible accumulations of 1 to 3 feet.

The mountain valleys of Plumas County will also experience snow - with 1 to 2 feet possible in the Chester and Quincy areas. Along the Interstate 80 and Highway 50 corridor - 4 to 5 feet of snow is forecast - with higher amounts possible for the area ski resorts.

South of the Highway 50 - 1 to 3 feet of snow is expected. Over the coastal range - heavy snow is expected along highway 36 and the Mendocino Pass along Highway 162 with 3 to 6 feet possible at the higher elevations. These snowfall amounts can lead to travel delays and road closures.

If planning travel over the mountains, be sure to monitor the latest forecasts. Be prepared for hazardous winter travel.

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