SACRAMENTO (AP) – Wind, rain and snow are expected to return to northern California on Monday, forecasters said.
Unlike the December weather systems which brought much needed rain and snow to most of the state, the last system was not scheduled to reach southern California. Southern California remained dry and cold on Monday after breaking records for precipitation last week, with early morning frost warnings and frost advisories in some areas.
Light rains were expected to return to the bay area and spread south through Tuesday.
The Sacramento National Weather Service office said significant travel issues are possible on Interstate 5 north of Redding and lighter snow accumulations are expected to impact travel in the northern Sierra Nevada. on Interstate 80 and US 50.
The next winter storm of a already record snowy season was expected to bring potentially damaging winds, mountain snow and a few light rain and snow showers in the Sierra and northern Nevada on Monday.
The Monte Rosa ski resort on the edge of Reno was closed on Monday due to high winds.
Snowfall is expected to be modest compared to recent events, but blowing snow could make travel difficult, the National Weather Service said.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said on Monday that a few thousand utility customers in the Sierra Nevada region were restored over the weekend, but about 25,000 homes and businesses in the mountains and foothills of Northern California remained down due to the severe winter storm last week. , reports the Sacramento Bee.
This puts PG&E slightly ahead of the estimates it gave last week, but it still means tens of thousands of residents and business owners in parts of El Dorado, Placer and Nevada counties have now been without electricity for about a week and are rely on generators or other means for heating, cooking and lighting.
The drought problems remain:California snowpack well above normal levels
A strong wind warning is in effect until 7 a.m. Tuesday with possible gusts exceeding 100 mph over ridges around Lake Tahoe and up to 70 mph in Reno and on the eastern Sierra front.
âDestructive winds could bring down trees and power lines. Power cuts are possible, âthe service said on Monday.
Strong winds will produce wave heights at Lake Tahoe of 2 to 5 feet, he said.
Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday declared a state of emergency for 20 counties in response to winter storms: Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lake, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Sierra and Yuba.
Road Conditions in Northern California
If you are heading north, check the road conditions first. In northern California, trucks traveling north on Interstate 5 were screened for channels Monday morning at the Fawndale exit 10 miles north of Redding.
âDrivers need to have as many chains as possible in order to continue,â the California Department of Transportation said on its website.
Chains are required on vehicles on Route 299 west of Redding on Buckhorn Summit. On Highway 44, chains are required on single axle vehicles towing Viola trailers 8 miles west of Old Station.
Chain restrictions are also in place between McCloud and the Interstate 5 junction in Siskiyou County on Monday morning.
Areas above 3,500 feet could receive up to 2 feet of snow, the National Weather Service said.
The Record Searchlight and the Sacramento Bee contributed to this report.