Be informed about the weekend snowstorm with Jim Byrne. The former KCOY Weatherman is a recognized expert on scientific and environmental issues.
Residents of California are advised to stay tuned for one of the most potent snowstorms in months that can benefit the mountain range of the Sierra Nevada. Jim Byrne, a former KCOY Weatherman, shares this is good news for drought-stricken California. The arid conditions of the state have not improved by much in the last ten years, and this upcoming snowstorm will absolutely help the Sierra Nevada’s thinning snowpack.
California Water Supply
The snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada mountain range is what replenishes California’s reservoirs, supplying as much as 60% of California’s water requirements. While snowstorms are often troublesome, bringing with them different kinds of disruptions such as driving difficulties and canceled flights, this snowstorm comes as a relief. Weathermen like Jim Byrne have pointed out that flooding is possible at lower elevations, but the threat is not particularly high.
To err on the side of caution, residents should expect and prepare for a wet weekend. Here’s a brief timeline of the snowstorm, which can be used as a guide:
Wednesday – The first signs of rain and snow will appear in far northern California, making their way to the rest of the area well into Wednesday evening.
Thursday – By Thursday, periods of rain should persist in northern California accompanied by wind in lower elevations. The Sierra Nevada will experience high winds and the anticipated heavy snow. Some of the rain and snow will reach Southern California until at night.
Friday – As the storm continues to hit the state, there may be showers and thunderstorms with low snow levels. Northern California will experience a second wave of rain and mountain snow by Friday evening.
Weekend – By the weekend, the storm and the low snow levels would have diminished, drying out by Sunday.
Stay tuned to read more from Jim Byrne, former KCOY Weatherman.