With snow and rain forecast for Thanksgiving Week in Northern California, it seems like the incredibly dry autumn of 2019 might be in the rearview mirror.
Although it’s still early in the weekend, current forecasts show rain in the valley on Tuesday through Thursday (Thanksgiving), along with “several feet of snow” in the NorCal mountains, according to the National Weather Service. With cooling temperatures throughout the week, snow is expected as low as 2,000 feet.
A strong winter storm will bring several feet of snow to the mountains, including accumulations down into the upper foothills.— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) November 23, 2019
⚠️Significant mountain travel impacts are possible including travel delays, chain controls & road closures. #cawx pic.twitter.com/Yecj3zQSOZ
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued by the NWS across the Sierra Nevada mountains up to Lassen and over to Mount Shasta. As it’s early in the forecast, snow forecast numbers are not yet available for each specific region:
Although this is a very welcomed sight in NorCal, which has seen serious fire risks due to dry conditions during the past few months, it’s coming during one of the most active travel days of the year. Traveling through the mountains is highly discouraged during the days leading up to Turkey Day, and significant rain will most likely bring difficult driving conditions in the valley, along with possible flight disruptions.
If you do plan to travel in the mountains leading up to Thanksgiving, prepare for delays and chain controls, along with possible road closures.
This storm seems to be coming at an inconvenient time for anyone traveling, but it’s a very welcomed sight, especially to those affected by PG&E’s power shutdowns in recent months. Is winter finally here? We sure hope so.