December 20, 2016 – Our partners at the National Weather Service in Sacramento are calling Friday’s storm “a potentially strong weather system moving through Northern California Friday into Saturday. This system has the potential to cause substantial headaches to travel leading up to Christmas. The greatest impact may be to the mountains, where heavy snow with gusty winds and low snow levels could cause near-whiteout conditions and significant travel delays. Gusty winds are also expected for the Valley, but precipitation is expected to be less than recent rainstorms.”

Heavy snow appearing more likely over mountains. Snow levels initially 4500-6000 feet, potentially rapidly lowering to 2500-3500 feet Friday night.

We want you to arrive at your destination safely and with as little stress as possible.

If you are able to leave on Thursday, great. Plan for extra time and be prepared for winter driving conditions.

Peak wind gusts in the Foothills on Friday are forecast to reach 40 mph, with gusts over 75 mph over the Sierra summits. Combined with snow, whiteout conditions are likely and road closures are possible.

We will keep you updated as the forecast firms up and the latest info will be posted in Happening Now throughout the weekend. Be safe!