The National Weather Service predicted there could be squalls up to 100 mph and urged drivers to exercise caution in the face of limited visibility and possible whiteout conditions. As the first official month of winter came to a close this week, meteorologists are turning their attention to the weeks ahead. "The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a great refuge from home life" - George Bernard Shaw.“This is a cold and quick-hitting system with pretty high snowfall rates.” The highest peaks could get between 2 and 3 feet of snow, he said, which would make for a good weekend of skiing and snowboarding at some of the region’s resorts.
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The weather system that moved on the Bay Area this week has been colder, though, which should help fortify the base.
“We’re looking at snow accumulation of 8 to 16 inches, from Lake Tahoe level up,” Mc Guire said.
The last storm expected until at least Groundhog Day rolled into Northern California on Wednesday afternoon, bringing moderate rainfall to the Bay Area and heavy snowfall to the Sierra.
Weather wonks welcomed the deluge, with some of the region’s reservoirs falling far short of normal levels and the state’s recent five-year drought still top of mind.Above: Ruthie Norton and Lee Saltnes, both of Benicia, brace for the wind on a walk ...more “This will be the last storm for a while, at least as far as the next 10 days are concerned,” Mejia said.“We are entering a sort of dry period as far as our forecast period.Dry and mild weather will return to the region.” That could spell trouble for reservoirs in the South Bay, which sit at just 52 percent of the average, according to the Santa Clara Valley Water District.“Certainly, December was unproductive and we’re not quite at normal yet, but a couple good storms could change that pretty quickly.” Meanwhile, the Sierra snowpack sits at an anemic level for January.