Inhabitants of western Nevada County may finally awake to a blanket of white on Friday morning.
Weather forecasters are predicting snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches for elevations at 3,000 feet and above as the first wave of a multi-system storm is expected to hit the area Thursday night and continue into Friday morning, said Tom Dang of the National Weather Service.
“Some places in Nevada County may get snow and some may not,” Dang said.
As the system continues through the weekend, temperatures will rise slightly, changing the snow to rain, Dang said. The precipitation may taper off on Monday, with skies clearing on Tuesday in time for Christmas Day.
The low pressure system making its way through the region originated in the Gulf of Alsaka, but will also pick up moisture from sub-tropical regions, Dang said.
Farther east, A winter storm watch was issued Tuesday afternoon for the greater Lake Tahoe area, effective Thursday evening through Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.
Periods of moderate to heavy snow are expected during the storm as an area of low pressure drops south out of the Gulf of Alaska, according to NWS; the “best chances for heavy snow will be during the day on Friday and Saturday.”
As much as 18 to 30 inches of snow are expected above 7,000 feet, with 12 to 18 inches possible at lake level. Winds gusts up to 45 mph are possible at lake level, and 95 mph along the Sierra ridge.
There are additional chances for snow on Sunday with a third wave of moisture, according to NWS.
“Holiday travel through the Sierra will be impacted beginning Thursday night and continuing through the weekend, with delays and chain controls possible,” according to the storm watch.
To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4239.
The Sierra Sun contributed reporting.