Phew! This week’s been one heck of a wild ride in the Northern California mountains, and it’s not quite finished. Yet another is descending upon the mountains, with some areas receiving up to 3 feet of snow.
The storm is arriving on areas of NorCal on Monday, bringing 3 days of rain and snow for the region. Mountains in the Eastern Sierra, Tahoe, Lassen and Mount Shasta are all scheduled to receive more snow on top of their huge snowfall totals last week. This should be a great finish to Snowmageddon 2021.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is scheduled to see up to 3 feet of snow, with some falling down to 4,000 feet on Tuesday night. Tahoe and the Eastern Sierra will see another foot to 18 inches of snow, adding to their insane totals in the past 10 days. The Mt. Shasta Ski Park will see another 18 inches of snow, falling heavily on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Rain will once again fall on the valley, although not at the same veracity of last week’s storm that brought heavy wind damage to numerous communities. All that said, thunderstorms are possible in the Sacramento Valley on Tuesday, with hail and lightning possible.
Once again, travel in high-elevation areas are highly discouraged. Last week’s storms brought plenty of closures and chain controls throughout NorCal. Interstate 80 and Highway 50 in Tahoe saw frequent closures during the storm, while Highway 395 near Mammoth was completely closed for four days.
The ski resorts are once again primed to add to their snow totals on the season. Snowmageddon 2021 was a hell of a ride. Let’s enjoy the last wave.
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine