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‘We’re anticipating major travel impacts’: Sacramento, Sierra set for another weather wallop

Look at the calm before the big storm at Squaw Valley ski resort

This is what Tuesday morning, January 15, 2019, looked like at Squaw Valley ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area, as a huge winter storm barrels down on Northern California and is expected to hit Wednesday.
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This is what Tuesday morning, January 15, 2019, looked like at Squaw Valley ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area, as a huge winter storm barrels down on Northern California and is expected to hit Wednesday.

The Sacramento region is set for another wet week, with Sierra snow expected to snarl Tahoe travel, weather experts say.

The region will likely see rain – and mountain snow – starting Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS meteorologist Hannah Chandler-Cooley says the region will see scattered light showers on Monday. Rain will pick up Tuesday, she said.

“Rain will be a bit heavier (Tuesday), more like a typical winter rainy day, and snowy day for the mountains,” Chandler-Cooley said.

A stronger storm will move into the region on Wednesday and Thursday, causing 1 to 2 inches of rain in the Valley and 2 to 5 feet of snow in the Sierra, Chandler-Cooley said.

The amount of rain and snowfall may cause traffic and other travel-related issues in the area.

“With that storm we’re anticipating major travel impacts over the mountain,” Chandler-Cooley said. “We could see some flooding in the Sacramento area.”

The California Highway Patrol closed the Grapevine on Interstate 5 near Los Angeles in both directions on January 14, 2019, due to extreme weather conditions caused by heavy snow and high winds.

Heavy rains and high winds pelted the region on Jan. 6, causing traffic problems, power outages, highway closures and damage to homes and buildings.

National Weather Service Sacramento helps you plan your week in this model's forecast timing of rain and snow this week. Light showers will begin ahead of Tuesday's system. A much stronger winter storm will hit Northern California through Friday.

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