Storm fueled by Atmospheric River to bring heavy snow to the Sierra Nevada

 

SIERRA NEVADA (KRON) — The ‘Atmospheric River’ that’s barreling toward Northern California will bring heavy snow to the Sierra Nevada.

A Winter Storm Warning will go into effect 10 a.m. on Wednesday and last until 4 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Possible whiteout conditions and extremely difficult travel conditions are expected over the Sierra passes from Wednesday through Thursday.

The warning includes I-80 Donner Pass, Highway 50 Echo Summit and Highway 88 Carson Pass.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning into Friday for the upper elevations around Lake Tahoe where as much as 4 feet of snow could fall on the ridge tops of the Sierra Nevada.

Heavy, wet snow and potentially damaging winds should begin Wednesday afternoon around Tahoe and all the major Sierra passes, including Donner Pass on I-80 west of Truckee, California where 2 to 3 feet of snow is possible. Four or more inches are forecast below 7,500 feet.

If you are planning to travel to the Sierra from the Bay Area, it is advised you wait until Saturday.

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