Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas Week Storm

Storm packing a big wallop
Fast-moving system expected to bring heavy snow in Sierra, up to 50 mph winds in the Valley.
By Matt Weiser - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PST Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A powerful winter storm is expected to leave California an early New Year's gift today: up to 2 feet of fresh snow on Sierra Nevada peaks.

The National Weather Service declared a winter storm warning in the Sierra through 4 p.m. today, with at least a foot of snow expected above 5,000 feet and 2 feet or more at higher elevations. A heavy snow warning was also in effect in the vicinity of Mount Shasta and the Oregon border.

The fast-moving storm, the biggest of the winter so far, was also predicted to drop up to an inch of rain in Sacramento, with wind gusts up to 50 mph in the northern Sacramento Valley.