METEOLOGISTS have issued a snow warning, with stronger weather expected in California today.
Officials have warned the Sierra Nevada can expect another five feet of snow throughout the day after a torrential “kite storm” on Saturday.
A National Weather Service bulletin predicted high winds, heavy snowfall and heavy rainfall to hit the Pacific Northwest in the next few hours.
While Flood Warnings are in place for Placer, Colusa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.
The NWS says some areas will be “extremely dangerous” to travel due to the snow reducing visibility.
They added that winds are also expected to be strong enough to snap tree branches off and urged motorists to exercise caution.
Roger Gass, a weather forecaster at NWS, told KRON: “We have a cold from the north later in the evening and it’s beginning to rain late in the night in the North Bay.
“Also, southerly winds will increase ahead of this cold front with wind gusts potentially exceeding 45 miles per hour.”
He added: “By the time we move into Saturday afternoon it will eventually extend to the Central Coast and Monterey Bay area with the possibility of sustained showers and thunderstorms into Sunday.”
The warning comes after officials in Northern California reported storms and rainfall with winds up to 50 mph and 11 inches of snow during the first wild weather spell yesterday.
Dubbed the “Kite Storm,” the storm was strong enough to down power lines in Sacramento – leaving 30,000 homes without power and stranding at least five cars.
Verda Burr, who witnessed a large fir tree crashing into a fence and then its roof as a result of the storms, described it as “cargo”.
“You could see the big branches coming towards the house and I said, ‘No, no, no! And they hit and broke the glass and then that was it,” she told the Press Democrat.
According to weather forecasters, the wilderness is now expected to begin next week with a massive cross-country storm likely to be worst over central parts of the United States earlier this week.
The same storm will also increase the risk of flooding in the Tennessee Valley, causing temperatures to drop and winds to pick up in southern areas.
Snow could also pile up in the large metropolitan area of Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as Flagstaff, Arizona.
They believe it may even spread some snow and ice to the Northeast later in the week
The National Weather Service in Bismarck, North Dakota, said in a news release: “A winter storm is expected to hit the Northern Plains Monday night through Thursday.
“Difficult travel conditions are expected Monday night through Wednesday night due to heavy snowfall, reduced visibility and snowdrifts.”
Meanwhile, storms will also be seen in the Southeast and lower Mississippi Valley this week.
And by Wednesday, the storm will have moved toward New Orleans and Florida.
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