Rain to return to Grass Valley, snow in the Sierra
March 20, 2017
After several days of mild and spring-like weather, rain is back in the forecast for the Sierra foothills this week, with snow and rain expected to return to the Tahoe-Truckee region.
According to the National Weather Service, the first storm is expected Tuesday with a second — and potentially stronger storm — for the end of the week.
Showers are likely in the Grass Valley area Tuesday night, with a chance of precipitation set at 70 percent to bring a tenth or quarter-inch of rain.
The forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain on Wednesday, with mostly sunny skies offering a break on Thursday before rain returns Friday and Saturday.
In the Sierra, the first storm calls for 4 to 8 inches of snow Tuesday at along higher passes, such as the Mt. Rose and Echo summits, according to a Monday morning special weather statement from National Weather Service.
"Donner Pass could see occasional slushy accumulations Tuesday with accumulating snow on the road becoming more likely Tuesday evening as snow levels drop," the statement reads.
Meanwhile, "a few inches" of snow is possible at lake level and lower elevation areas in Truckee.
Precipitation will begin in the Sierra late Monday night with the heaviest precipitation expected Tuesday morning through early afternoon," according to Monday's statement. "Winds will pick up today with the stronger winds expected Tuesday."
Snow levels are forecast to start at 7,000 to 8,000 feet by Tuesday morning, dropping to 5,500 to 6,500 feet by Wednesday morning.
The Sierra Sun, a sister publication of The Union based in Truckee, contributed to this report.