Mountain snow is expected to begin late Wednesday through Thursday night across the Sierra.
Most of the northern and central Sierra will see between 5 to 10 inches of snow fall by Friday morning, with as much as 20 inches possible locally at higher elevations.
Snow will fall above 6,000 feet, according to the NWS. Travel delays are likely on Highway 50 and Interstate 80, where snow could result in significant reduction to visibility near the summit. Chain controls are possible.
The NWS has issued a winter storm watch, in place from the start of Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.
WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT…
* Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations 6 to 12 inches, except 1 to 3 feet above 7000 feet possible. Winds could gust as high as 65 mph over the higher terrain of the Sierra.
There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 4:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon to 10:00 a.m. Friday above 7000 feet. Expect moderate to heavy snow with an additional snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches expected above 7000 feet through Friday morning with localized areas up to 20 inches along the crest.
An extended dry period will likely come to an end this week when the Lake Tahoe region receives some sorely-needed rain and snow. The National Weather Service urges holiday travelers to plan for adverse road conditions starting Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday will be mostly sunny with high temperatures in the 50s