Storm surge could drop 3 inches of rain
The wettest storm of the season so far is due to hit
The National Weather Service was basing its forecast on models that showed a cold storm from the Gulf of Alaska combining with a warmer, wetter system to the south to produce rain and mountain snow over
Meteorologist Tom Dang of the weather bureau’s
“It should be the wettest of the year so far but that doesn’t mean that it will be the strongest of the season,” Dang said.
The heaviest rain in
With more snow in the mountains, Caltrans is warning motorists to prepare — and prepare some more for driving in the white stuff. The chief advice for travelers motoring over Donner Summit is to check weather and road conditions before setting out, said Liza Whitmore, Caltrans spokeswoman.
“It’s frustrating when people are coming close to the summit and they tell us they didn’t know they needed chains,” Whitmore said. “Or drivers arriving with a quarter of a tank of gas or less and then waiting for traffic to move.”
Those weather checks should be taking place through April because of the strong possibility of snow between now and then, she said.