California will see more spring snow and rain after a dry winter

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More late-season snow and rain were forecast for California on Monday.

A dry start to the day is expected to give way to showers in the Central Valley and mountain snow in the evening and continue through Tuesday, the National Weather Service’s Sacramento office said.

Four weeks into spring, winter weather advisories will be in effect Tuesday above 6,500 feet (1,981 meters) on the western slope of the northern Sierra Nevada and in the greater Lake Tahoe area.

Travelers have been advised to expect snow and difficult conditions, including reduced visibility.

Total snow accumulations on the western slope will range from 4 inches to 7 inches (10-18 centimeters), with localized amounts of up to 10 inches (25 centimeters), forecasters said.

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In the Lake Tahoe area, peak winds will blow up to 100 mph (161 km/h).

Forecasters said the greatest impacts will be felt on higher passes such as Donner Summit, Echo Summit and Mount Rose Summit.

Up to 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of snow accumulation was expected on the lake shore.

Last week’s snow total exceeded 3 feet (0.9 meters) in some mountainous areas on Saturday, UC Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Lab reported.

The spring snow follows an extremely dry winter, and experts say it won’t alleviate California’s drought.

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