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Stormy Weather Marks Start of Winter



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, December 21, 2012

National Weather Service forecasts for Northern California and Western Nevada

The rain hit the valley early this morning and the snow hit before lunch.  On I-80 to Reno and U.S. 50 to Carson City chains are required on cars with two-wheel drive.  Mud and snow tires are required on four-wheel drive vehicles.  Officer Pete Mann with the California Highway Patrol in Truckee says drivers need to be careful.

PETE MANN: "We do have high winds associated with this storm definitely go a little slower, give yourself a little extra time."

In the northern part of the state, according to the National Weather Service, some areas are reporting an inch to three inches of rain in the last 24 hours.

Tonight, the snow level in the Redding Red Bluff area was 500 to 800 feet.  But a White Christmas may disappear.  Rain is forecast for the rest of the weekend.

Department of Water Resources says it's happy with the way things stand right now.  The state 's snow pack and water storage are between 90 and 100 percent of normal.

Things look so good, the state Water Project increased its expected delivery percentage from 30 percent to 40 percent.  That figure typically means more the closer we get to spring..and that's a ways off.

No wide spread flooding is expected. But, the Bureau of Reclamation is increasing water flows out of Folsom Lake tonight. 

The National Weather Service Forecast calls for snow in the sierra through Monday with a break for Christmas and then a return to what we've had today beginning again on Wednesday.

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