A long series of storms brings multiple weather disasters heading into a busy week of vacation travel.
CALIFORNIA, USA — With two winter storms predicted to hit California this week, the sense of peaceful travel has been lost for travelers this year.
The busy holiday week begins Monday with a heavy fog advisory for most of the valley from 11am.
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By evening, the first of a series of storms begins to affect the state with heavy rain and high winds. Travel is highly impacted and even flooding is possible. This protracted series of storms will bring about major changes to the dry, foggy weather.
Monday will start with fog and rain in the evening. Snow levels are high at around 7500-8500 feet for him at first. This is over a pass and the rain melts the snow.
Heavy rain and strong winds are expected on Tuesday. Raising in small streams and creeks is possible along with ponds on roads. Wind gusts occur as the cold front passes. A lone thunderstorm is possible in the afternoon.
Snow levels drop to nearly 4500 to 5500 feet overnight Tuesday through Wednesday. The rain will be lighter, but the snow will make mountain driving difficult with chain control.
River levels should begin to show the slowing effect of the Sierra runoff by Wednesday through Thursday. Tisdale Weir’s Sacramento River and Michigan Bar’s Cosumnes River look like spots to watch heading into the middle of the week.
Streams and creeks will also be affected by heavy rainfall on Tuesday. An inch to three inches of rain could fall in the valley through Wednesday.
Snow accumulation will slow down in the Sierra as snowfall decreases by Wednesday. By Wednesday Sierra could be 8 to 30 inches.
Storm 2 will occur Wednesday through Friday. This causes snow levels to rise slightly to nearly 6000 feet during periods of heavy rain and balmy weather. Winds are not expected to be as strong as Tuesday.
The rain and snow totals also appear to have decreased slightly in this second storm. The whole point of this line-up is that it makes traveling difficult throughout the week.
Active weather is now expected in 2023 from Saturday evening through Sunday.
Storms are back in the forecast by Monday, and it looks likely for the first week of the new year.
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