Northern California winter sports enthusiasts will get an extra dose of winter cheer thanks to a weather system bearing gifts of 1 to 2 feet of snow. The snow will start Sunday afternoon.
“This next storm will hit most of NorCal,” said Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
Ten to 18 inches of snow is predicted to fall over the mountains and through the woods from Sunday to Monday, especially throughout the Sierras, Chandler-Cooley said. Higher elevations and areas with stronger snow showers could experience levels of up to 2 feet.
The Sacramento Valley could also see anywhere from half an inch to 1½ inches of rain as well, Chandler-Cooley said.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Merced Sun-Star
The heaviest snowfall will fall over occur late Sunday evening into the early-morning hours Monday, Chandler-Cooley said. Drivers planning to hit the road should pay attention to chain requirements and plan for low visibility.
“This is a fairly typical winter weather system,” Chandler-Cooley said, adding that the storm system that traveled through California on Friday night stayed pretty far north of Sacramento and delivered little snowfall in the mountains. “It’s just going to wetter.”