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Winter Storm Warning starts late Thursday night

Winter Storm Warning starts late Thursday night

Winter Storm Warning starts late Thursday night

Rain fell at a rate of 0.6 inch (1.5 centimeter) per hour and initial assessments showed no damage to electrical, gas or water service, the county said. That's almost 16 feet of snow.

The blizzard warning remained in effect for the Tahoe area until 4 a.m. Friday, when the heaviest snow is expected with wind gusts possible in excess of 100 miles per hour.

"We're thrilled about this storm", said Stephanie Myers, a spokeswoman for Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe.

Accumulating snow may lead to slippery roads particularly on bridges, exit ramps and overpasses, and light to moderate snow will cause reductions of visibility to less than one mile, with rapid fluctuations of visibility possible.

"These events are going to improve things considerably".

"If you want to ski, we suggest you get up there Sunday if you can", Obergfell said.

Tens of thousands of people have been urged to evacuate their homes in the U.S. state of California as a powerful storm batters the state and authorities warned of the potential of mudslides.

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All of Nevada remains under hazardous weather warnings, watches and advisories including a rare blizzard warning at Lake Tahoe, winter storm warnings in northeast Nevada to the Utah line and a high-wind alert in Las Vegas.

The Sierra awoke to a thrilling winter wonderland Thursday, blanketed by eight inches of fresh powder snow and cliffs above hidden in the clouds - with more to come.

"This is a life threatening situation", the weather service warned.

Drivers should be very cautious when driving on many state roads.

"There's no denying that this winter to date is very close to what we saw in 2015", he said, "the worst year ever for a snow pack". "Winter recreation as well as water supply are hurting". 15 to 18 inches are likely south of the Thruway with the highest amounts happening in the higher elevations. The mountains could get a foot and a half. Rain is expected there before dawn Friday.

Officials in Southern California recommended people evacuate homes in and around Montecito, where 21 people died in a massive mudslide in January. Having just recovered from the 2012-2017 drought, most major cities are well below their historic rainfall totals.

Foothills: Scattered showers and snow showers.

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