** A hard hitting storm pounds the foothills with wind and rain with more to come! **
40°F – Outlook and Forecast: A quick but potent cold front moved through the foothills this afternoon with strong winds and moderate to heavy rain at times. Winds gusted to over 40 mph at times in the foothills. Thankfully, no power outages were reported in the county. Local rainfall ranged from around .8 to 1.1 inches with 1.11 inches reported at Cascade Shores so far today.
Heavy snow in the Sierra caused travel delays with chain controls in effect on the major highways today and are still in effect this evening. Snow levels ranged between 4000-5000 ft today with chain requirements in effect at the Washington junction on Hwy 20 this afternoon. Very heavy snowfall was reported in the Sierra this afternoon, falling at a rate of over 3 inches an hour on Donner Summit at times.
The forecast – expect scattered overnight showers in the foothills with partial clearing by mid morning Friday. Saturday looks fair with cool temperatures. Another minor disturbance moves in for Sunday with another chance of rain.
Thursday evening – Pacific satellite
Extended outlook: Next week looks very active weatherwise. A series of storms will move into the area every day or two next week. A weak disturbance will bring a slight chance of foothill showers Sunday and Monday. Back to back storms looks to arrive Wednesday into Thursday and yet another for Friday of next week with more rain. Colder air behind next week’s storm may drop snow levels below 4000 ft into the foothill locations by late next week. The following weekend looks showery and cold with foothill snow possible. So things are getting more exciting in the weather department.Stay tuned!