Parts of Northern California are preparing to get hit with heavy snowfall and rain as a major winter storm passes through during the weekend.
Residents in the Sierra Nevada mountain peaks and the San Francisco Bay Area were warned to "prepare" for a "multi-day winter storm," according to ABC News. The mountaintops are expected to see around 10 feet of snowfall, while the surrounding area is expected to see heavy rain accumulation that will be "remembered for years to come."
"If you live in the Sierra, today is the final day to prepare for a multi-day winter storm that will likely be remembered for years to come," said the National Weather Service in a warning on Saturday.
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"If you are traveling through the Sierra, either get ahead of the storm before snowfall begins or wait until it's over to get up there. It will be increasingly treacherous," said Scott McGuire, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of Reno, Nevada.
Another winter storm is predicted to hit California sometime this week, giving the area a steady flow of snow accumulation, McGuire explained.
On Saturday, the National Weather Service tweeted a warning that a "cold front" could potentially "produce strong to severe storms with damaging winds & a few tornadoes, & damaging winds as the system progresses eastward."
"A system in the West will bring several days of heavy coastal rains and heavy mountain snow, including up to 6 feet on some CA peaks," said the tweet.
Parts of Northern California are expected to receive anywhere from 2-6 inches, or roughly 5-15 centimeters, of rain. The Santa Cruz and Santa Lucia mountains are predicted to see some of the largest rain accumulation, according to the outlet.
A powerful cold front may produce strong to severe storms with damaging winds & a few tornadoes, & damaging winds as the system progresses eastward. A system in the West will bring several days of heavy coastal rains & heavy mountain snow, including up to 6 feet on some CA peaks. pic.twitter.com/jwwLvfATaf— National Weather Service (@NWS) December 11, 2021
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