Winter Storm Warning, snow to cause travel woes in Sierra, Tahoe

A big spring storm is expected to bring periods of heavy rain and snow and a chance of thunderstorms Thursday. Significant travel issues are expected in the Sierra.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A strong spring storm moving inland late Wednesday will bring periods of heavy rain and snow to Northern California.

Gusty winds are prompting a Wind Advisory to stay in effect for the Central and Northern Sacramento Valley through Thursday morning. Impacts include difficult travel for high profile vehicles, possible power outages and downed tree branches.

Moderate rain and snow develop Wednesday night with heavier rain and snow Thursday.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Sierra through Friday morning above 5,000 feet. Travel is not advised in the Sierra.

Snow level starts near 7,000 feet but will lower to near 5,000 feet Thursday. Snow level will be as low as 4,500 feet by early Friday with little accumulation at this elevation.

Instability builds through Thursday, which brings a chance of thunderstorms through the day. Small hail, gusty winds and some funnel clouds are possible with these storms.

Showers linger through early Friday, mainly in the Sierra, which could prolong travel delays in the high country.

The valley has the potential of getting around 0.50-1.00 “of rain. The Sierra will see 12-48” of snow.

Dry weather returns this weekend.

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