Late-Week Storm to Slam California With Heavy Rain, Feet of Snow
A powerful weekend storm will bring heavy rain, snow and damaging winds to California and the Pacific Northwest. A late season ‘atmospheric river’ will be responsible for the copious amount of moisture to accompany this storm.
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) April 7, 2017
Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for the Sierra Ridge as feet of snow is expected to fall through the weekend. The highest mountain passes will experience significant travel delays due to strong winds and heavy snow. Portions of the Interstate 5 corridor will face impacts from heavy rain and gusty winds.
Winds may gusts in excess of 60 mph along the coast and in the mountains. Residents in northern California can expect power outages Friday as strong winds can down trees and power lines. High Wind Warnings have been issued for this reason into Friday.
In addition to the wind, heavy rain and snow melt raises flooding concerns east of the Sierra where flood watches have been posted through Saturday morning. Many rivers and streams near Reno, NV are expected to experience sharp rises. These streams include the Truckee, Carson and Susan River.
Rainfall from this storm will average 3-6″ along the west facing slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Coastal Ranges and Cascades. Further east toward Sacramento, one to two inches of rain may fall. Rain may be heavy enough to trigger localized flash flooding and mudslides.
This storm is not expected to be as powerful as the January storms.
Those with weekend travel plans across the west coast can expect travel delays.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos