Early April Storm Promises Heavy Rain and Snow for Northern California, Washington, and Oregon
NORTHERN CA - This year is bringing out a whole new side to California. While April showers might be expected, a strong storm is rolling in with more in store for the northern region than a few water drops.
The weather pattern is coming through with heavy rain, snow, and strong winds, according to AccuWeather, which will impact part of the Interstate 5 corridor.
"Winds can top 60 mph along the coasts, over the ridges and through the passes," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson. The report cautions that impacts could approach some of the biggest storms of this past winter in terms of potential flooding and damaging winds.
Major rivers and reservoirs will experience another surge of water, with alerts for wind zeroed-in from southwestern Oregon to Central California.
Those in affected regions can expect:
- An average 3-6 inches of rainfall along the west-facing slopes of the Coast Ranges, the Olympics, and the lower elevations of the Cascades and Sierra Nevada
- Locally higher amounts topping 8 inches in those areas
- 1-2 inches of rainfall over the Sacramento and upper San Joaquin valleys of California
- 1-3 feet of snow in high country of the Sierra Nevada and Cascades
Delays should be expected for motorists in San Francisco and Sacramento, California, through Friday, while Donner Pass along I-80 in California will make for wintry and slippery travel conditions. The pass could be subject to closure for a time.
As for Southern California, there is a chance for enough rainfall that the Los Angeles and San Diego areas could see slick conditions late Friday to early Saturday.
AndNowUKnow will update with further reports that could influence the industry.