SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two weather systems are on the move from the Pacific.
The first system arrived this morning with heavy valley rain for the morning commute. Heavy snow and travel delays are expected in the Sierra by Thursday afternoon, dropping as much as 18-30 inches for the Donner Pass area. Up to a half inch to an inch of rain in the valley is expected and more in some spots. A Winter Storm Warning will continue through early Friday in the Sierra.
Travel in the mountains will be heavily impacted with long delays, possible chain controls and road closures. Delaying or postponing travel into the Sierra is advised.
Another system arrives Saturday bringing more rain and snow through Sunday.
THURSDAY: Periods of heavy rain with highs near 50°. Lake Tahoe highs in the mid-30s with heavy snow level dropping to near 3000 feet. A light dusting possible overnight near 2000 feet. A Winter Storm Warning in effect.
TONIGHT: Rain and snow are largely done, though some snow showers could linger in the Sierra, especially south of US-50. Clear skies and little wind means we're in for a cold night with valley lows near freezing. Sierra lows in the teens.
FRIDAY: Morning frost and fog then mostly sunny for the valley with highs in the low 50s. Lake Tahoe highs in the mid-30s with clearing skies after some early morning light snow.
SATURDAY: Rain chances increase during the day with valley highs near 50°. Snow for Lake Tahoe with highs in the 30s.
SUNDAY: Rain chances continue with valley highs in the low 50s. Snow at Lake Tahoe with highs in the 30s.
MONDAY: A few early morning showers then patchy fog with highs in the low 50s. Lake Tahoe highs in the mid-30s with a chance of lingering snow.
TUESDAY: Patchy morning fog then sunny with highs in the low 50s. Lake Tahoe highs in the mid to upper 30s.
WEDNESDAY: Patchy morning frost and fog with highs in the low 50s. Lake Tahoe highs in the low 40s.
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