Winter storm with strong winds, heavy rain, and possibly several feet of snow. snow In the Sierra Nevada shut down mountain highways and toppled trees. On Saturday, flood watches were activated and avalanche warnings were issued from Northern California. California Lake Tahoe

There are more than 250 miles from the Sierra From north of Reno south of Yosemite National Park, the area was under a winter storm advisory at least until Sunday night/early Monday.

Up to 4 feet snow In the Tahoe region, the temperature is expected to drop by Sunday. It could fall as high as 6 feet in some remote areas. Sierra To the north and south.

The closure of 70-miles of eastbound U.S. Interstate 80 was announced “due to zero visibility” Colfax California Transportation officials stated that the Nevada state line is within reach. Chains were needed for much of I-80’s mountainous section from Reno to Sacramento.

The stretch of California Heavy snowfall also closed Highway 89 snow Tahoe City and South Lake Tahoe. CaliforniaAccording to the highway patrol,

The U.S. Forest Service issued a warning about an avalanche in the backcountry mountains west of Lake Tahoe.
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The U.S. Forest Service issued a warning about avalanches in the backcountry mountains west of Lake Tahoe. “several feet of new snow and strong winds will result in dangerous avalanche conditions.”

Wind gusts up to 50 mph sent trees crashing into On Saturday, homes in Sonoma County could experience speeds of 100 mph. Sierra According to the National Weather Service, ridgetops will be visible by Sunday morning.

Heavy Rain was predicted through Weekend from San Francisco to the Sierra crests with up to 2 in. in the Bay Area, and up to 5 in. at Grass Valley northeastern of Sacramento.

A pair of trucks make their way through the snowy conditions along Interstate 80 at Donner Summit, California on Dec. 1, 2022.
The closure of 70-miles of eastbound U.S. Interstate 80 was announced “due to zero visibility.”
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On Saturday, the weather service issued a flash flooding warning because of the inches of rain that fell on burn scars from wildfires further south of Big Sur and Monterey.

At one point, more than 30,000 Sacramento customers were without power on Saturday morning. But it was restored to most of them by late afternoon. Five cars, whose drivers and passengers were trapped between downed powerlines, managed to escape unharmed. the Sacramento Bee reported.

Officials from the San Francisco Bay Area reported that there were power outages and trees felling, which some times caused damage to cars and homes. Numerous reports of downed trees were received by firefighters in Monte Rio (a small town near the Russian River in Sonoma County). into Homes in wind gusts of 50 mph

Traffic moves slowly through the snowy conditions along Interstate 80 near Truckee, California on Dec. 1, 2022.
Up to four feet snow In the upper elevations of Lake Tahoe, it is expected that the temperature will drop by Sunday.
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Monte Rio Fire Department Chief Steve Baxman told KRON-TV The down trees caused the damage to four houses in the neighborhood, but no injuries were reported.

“This is our first big storm, we’ve had several years of drought and all these trees were dry. Now they’re filling up with water and starting to topple over,” Baxman spoke to the television station.

The SierraThe average height of the sand is approximately 10 inches snow Already had fallen Saturday afternoon at Mammoth Mountain, south of Yosemite. More than 10 feet of snow was there snow Since early November, it has been continuously recorded.

“It just seems like every week or so, another major storm rolls in,” Lauren Burke, a resort spokeswoman, stated.

Up to 18 to 28 inches snow It was forecast through Weekend at lake level. Up to 4 feet at elevations higher than 7,000 feet. 50 mph winds, gusts up to 100mph.

The Sierra’s eastern slope, a winter weather advisory runs from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. for Reno, Sparks and Carson City, with snow At 5,000 feet, accumulations of up to 8 inches can be seen.