We all knew it was coming – a “bombogenesis” storm that would blanket Northern California through Thanksgiving. But it arrived harder and faster than anyone could have imagined, and the photos of the roadways throughout NorCal show just how strong this storm could be in the coming 24 hours.
Let’s take a look at NorCal as of 2:30 pm on Tuesday to see the sights of the storm:
Mount Shasta Area
This was the first major area in NorCal to see the snow accumulate on the roads and it quickly turned into chain controls on Interstate 5 near Yreka. Here’s a look at the cameras from CalTrans:
The locals had fun with it:
Shasta Lake/Redding Area
This was probably the news of the day, as you don’t typically see storms cold enough to make it all the way down to the 500 foot elevation of Redding. But the snow started building at Shasta Lake and eventually made its way down into Redding:
Lassen has always been difficult to gauge its true snow accumulation because everyone gets the heck out of there when the storm rolls in, and they shut down the park highway in preparation for the storm. Let’s take a look at the CalTrans cameras:
As you might imagine, the storm immediately brought madness to the roadways near Tahoe, with reports of sweeping chain controls and even a full closure on Interstate 80. This situation will certainly worsen in the coming hours, but here’s what it looks like now:
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Snow is starting to fall on I-80 at Kingvale. If you haven’t already started your Thanksgiving travel, you may want to reconsider pushing until Thursday. Heavy snow is in the forecast. pic.twitter.com/FNCZ3EgIhO— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) November 26, 2019
We’ll continue to keep you updates as the storm continues to pound Northern California. Stay safe out there!
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