March 5, 2017 – A cold storm system will bring low snow levels and significant snow accumulation through Monday. Periods of heavy snow will be probable in the mountains through tonight with lingering snow showers on Monday. Several feet of snowfall accumulation will be likely above 5000 feet elevation. Snow levels will lower to around 1500 feet in the northern mountains and around 2000 to 2500 feet in the northern Sierra.

Including the cities of Lakeport, Grass Valley, Jackson, and Blue Canyon.

MAIN IMPACT: Travel delays with chain controls and slick roads. Poor visibility due to snow and gusty winds will make travel hazardous.


* TIMING: Through Monday.

* LOCATIONS: Interstate 80, Highway 50, and Highway 88.

* TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 8 to 14 inches above 3000 feet, 1 to 2 feet above 4000 feet. Up to 3 feet above 6000 feet near pass levels.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions

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 dangerous. Strong winds are also possible. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.