Winter Storm Expected to Dump Heavy Snow in Sierra Nevada

A winter storm system is heading to California, and is expected to bring the first significant snow to the northern Sierra Nevada since November, but spare Southern California the threat of mudslides.

Snow covers the ground and the Sierra Nevada along Highway 395 near Mammoth Lakes on Feb. 18, 2017. (Credit: Melissa Pamer / KTLA)

Snow covers the ground and the Sierra Nevada along Highway 395 near Mammoth Lakes on Feb. 18, 2017. (Credit: Melissa Pamer / KTLA)

On Thursday, rain is forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area, while the Sierra is expected to see heavy snowfall by Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. The highest elevations of the Sierra could get 1½ feet to 2 feet of snow, while the elevation at Lake Tahoe could get perhaps half a foot of snow, said meteorologist Mark Faucette of the National Weather Service’s Reno office.

The northern Sierra Nevada has seen a disappointing snow season so far; a webcam at Truckee airport shows no snow accumulated on the ground.

“In the pantheon of big Sierra storms, it’s not a huge Sierra storm. But when you compare it to rest of what’s gone on the rest of this winter, it’s significant,” Faucette said.

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