MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–Blue skies, crisp air and snow capped mountains greeted many of us this morning after a winter storm made it’s way through our communities overnight. Now, The National Weather Service Hanford Office says we can expect even more rain and snow over the weekend. So, if you’re taking the family to enjoy the holiday activities we wrote about earlier this week here, get everybody bundled up and pack the umbrellas.
The next storm system will impact Central California this weekend. The majority of precipitation associated with this storm system will fall Saturday and Saturday night. Snow levels will start at around 7,000 feet Friday night, before dropping to about 5,000 feet Sunday.
Intense showers are possible in the Sierra Nevada foothills from 4 AM PST Saturday until 4 AM PST Sunday. Rainfall rates of around one inch per hour are conceivable, which could result in localized flooding.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Sierra Nevada above 7,000 feet from 10 PM PST tonight until 4 AM PST Monday. The majority of this snow will fall Saturday and Saturday night. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph on exposed ridgetops and near the crest. If you plan to travel, consider alternate strategies. If you must travel, remember to carry tire chains, plenty of food, a good deal of water, warm clothing, and a flashlight in your vehicle.