Winter Storm Is Set to Bring Eight Feet of Snow to Northern California as Well as Rain and Winds to the Rest of the State of California as Forecasters Warn of Power Cuts

A major winter storm ramped up Sunday with snow in Northern California that forced drivers to wrap their tires in chains and light rain in the lower elevations.

The storm promises to drop up to 8 feet of snow on the highest peaks and drench other parts of California. It’s expected to intensify overnight into Monday and bring strong winds that could lead to power outages, forecasters said.

Winds throughout the state could reach speeds of 65 mph, according to the National Weather Service. As much as 2-4 inches of rain is possible with totals as high as 4-7.5 inches for areas like Grass Valley.

‘This is a pretty widespread event,’ said NWS meteorologist Anna Wanless in Sacramento.

‘Most of California, if not all, will see some sort of rain and snow.’

The precipitation will bring at least temporary relief to the broader region that’s been gripped by drought for more than 20 years because of climate change.

The latest U.S. drought monitor shows parts of Montana, Oregon, California, Nevada and Utah in exceptional drought, which is the worst category.

Most reservoirs that deliver water to states, cities, tribes, farmers and utilities rely on melted snow.

Forecasters said the weather is typical for this time of the year but notable.

‘This is the first big snow with those travel impacts, and it’s just transitioning into that,’ Wanless said.

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Source: Daily Mail