Sierra Nevada Winter Storm Warning Issued

Wednesday, 15 Nov, 2017

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow is in effect above 7,000-feet, from 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 through 4 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford. If you must travel, prepare for long delays and carry an emergency kit with extra food, water and clothing.

Rain and locally breezy winds will increase over Northern California on Wednesday.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means there will be snow covered roads and limited visibilities.

Winter weather is expected to return to Cascade mountain passes starting Tuesday evening, with as much as a foot of snow possible in some areas.

Lake Tahoe weather: Mid-week winter storm watch in forecast

Motorists should plan on hard driving conditions on the highest passes of Southern Oregon - including Interstate 5 at the Siskiyou Summit as well as Highways 140, 62, 66 and Dead Indian Memorial Road. Snow level above 8,000 feet through Thursday morning, lowering to 7,500 feet during Thursday afternoon, and near 6,000 feet Thursday night. Wind gusts 30 to 50 miles per hour are possible at the highest elevations. There will be periods of heavy rain and snow and near zero visibility at times. While there is the potential for significant snowfall, the exact amounts are uncertain. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. There is an 80 percent chance of precipitation in South Lake Tahoe on Monday.

Most of the rain will move into this region on Wednesday night, and then into the San Joaquin Valley on Thursday.

Showers are likely Thursday night, mainly before 11 p.m.