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Winter Storm Moving into Northern California, Low Snow Levels through Thursday

A cold winter storm is moving onto the Northern California coast and It looks like we will finally get some much needed snow in the mountains.

Clouds increased  with precipitation spreading across the north state Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Gusty south to southwest winds are expected through Wednesday. Snow levels will drop down Tuesday night to 700 to 1200 feet north of Redding, or right around the Shasta Lake area.

Snow levels in the coastal mountains and the Sierra Cascade area will start out at 3000 to 3500 feet but will drop to 1500 to 2000 feet by Wednesday.

Elevations above 4000 feet could get 2 to 3 feet of snow from this storm. The rain and snow will turn to showers Wednesday afternoon, but another storm system will move in Wednesday night and Thursday. This storm will have lighter precipitation with it but snow levels will be low, probably 500 to 1000 feet in the Redding area and 1500 to 2000 feet elsewhere. Skies will clear out Friday and the weekend looks sunny with temperatures in the 60s in the Redding area.

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Chris Fontana, aka The Old Forecaster, started his career as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Sacramento. After four years as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force, Chris transferred to the NWS office in Redding, where he was the meteorologist in charge from 1976 until the office closed in 1996. From 1996 until his 2005 retirement, he was the meteorologist in charge of the U.S. Forest Service Predictive Service Unit. Chris and his wife Jane have been married over 40 years and he works as a window covering installer in her business, Westwood Window Coverings.

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