Long-awaited fall weather rolled into the Sacramento region and Northern California on Sunday, with the predicted rain falling in the valley and snow dusting the Sierra Nevada, where the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning earlier Sunday.
The Sacramento region will see up to three-quarters of an inch of precipitation through Monday evening, according to the weather service, the result of a storm that is expected to drop up to a foot of snow in the mountains.
“This is the first big storm of the season,” said Idamis Del Valle Martinez, a weather service meteorologist in Sacramento. “The bulk of the rain in the Sacramento region and lower Sierras is expected Sunday night through Monday morning.”
Showers are expected to diminish in the valley Monday, with the possibility of thunderstorms shaking higher elevations, she said.
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Sacramento temperatures are predicted to top out at 72 degrees Sunday, before dropping to a high of 66 on Monday.
In the Sierra, the storm will dump up to 8 inches of snow at about 7,000 feet. Snow levels are expected to drop to 5,000 feet Monday morning. Higher areas could see up to a foot of snow, Del Valle Martinez said. The weather service has issued a winter storm warning for much of the Sierra.
Tahoe-area ski resorts, including Kirkwood Mountain and Sugar Bowl Resort, announced moutain snowfall Sunday afternoon via social media. Areas near Reno and the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe on Sunday afternoon experienced rain showers and can expect snow later Sunday evening, Del Valle Martinez said.
As of 3 p.m., no weather-related travel restrictions were in place, and chains were not required for travel on major highways in the Sierra and Tahoe area, according to the California Department of Transportation. The weather service, however, advised motorists traveling through the Sierra Nevada Pass on Sunday and Monday to check road conditions before departure and to carry tire chains.
Several major highways in Toulumne and Alpine Counties, including Tioga Pass in Yosemite, were closed Sunday evening due to the storm and are expected to reopen once conditions improve, according to the the California Department of Transportation.