Northern California could see much-needed precipitation on Sunday evening, with several inches of snow forecast over the Sierra Nevada and light rain showers expected elsewhere.
The Sacramento office of the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Sunday at 5 p.m. and is expected to last until 5 a.m. Monday due to possible dangers on mountain passes as the snow sets in. installed.
The weather service expects snowfall of 2 to 8 inches during this period at elevations above 5,000 feet. Lassen Peak could see up to a foot of snow.
Giving Pass along Interstate 80 should see 6 to 8 inches of snow, while Echo Summit along Highway 50 might see 4 to 6 inches of snow.
Forecasters said the early-season snowstorm could hamper travel plans.
“Heavy snow showers locally will be possible at times, mainly until late evening tonight,” the meteorologists wrote in their winter weather advisory. “If you have mountain travel plans, be prepared for winter driving conditions, especially after sunset this evening through Monday morning.”
Dangers could include reduced visibility and slippery roads, with the potential for chain checks and delays.
The blizzard is expected to be accompanied by gusts across northern California and some light rain. The weather service forecasts gusts of up to 45 miles per hour in South Lake Tahoe and up to 25 miles per hour in Sacramento.
Grass Valley and South Lake Tahoe could each see up to half an inch of rain by Monday morning, Redding and Chico could receive a quarter of an inch each, and Sacramento could see less than a tenth of an inch.
Early next week, forecasters predict cooler temperatures by Tuesday, possibly dropping into the 60s in the valley, and another chance of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.
This story was originally published October 17, 2021 10:32 a.m.