May Storm Brings Rain, Cold Winds To Southern California

Storm sets Southern California rainfall records

Storm sets Southern California rainfall records

National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan said Thursday's storm is acting more like a March storm than one in May.

The latest round of storms have brought rain to the region, and enough snow at higher elevations to result in the California Department of Transportation placing chain controls in both directions on Interstate 80 during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Storms have returned to the Sierra Nevada, and are forecast to continue impacting the Truckee-Tahoe area through next week.

"Heavy snow above 5000 feet".

By Friday, Squaw could see 6 to 12 inches at its upper mountain, according to OpenSnow forecaster Bryan Allegretto.

Snow will begin in the California Sierra on Wednesday night and up to 2 to 3 feet of snow is possible through Friday morning at the highest summits. Winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour", the warning said, adding, "Travel could be very hard. "If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency".

A cool weather system that brought showers and wind gusts to the central San Joaquin Valley is expected to continue through the weekend and into next week, according to the National Weather Service. The storm could also bring small hail and thunderstorms.

However, California Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci said the upcoming storms were not expected to create widespread flooding in the state, as some of the snow deposited over the last few days had already melted, Fox News reported.

Windy conditions are expected in the Southwest ahead of the storm.

State highway 28 which rings Lake Tahoe is closed by snow at Crystal Bay, California, on January 7, 2017.

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