Snow level may reach 2,500 feet overnight

Friday, Feb. 8—

A cold low pressure system crept into the region early today, bringing gusty winds and light rainfall that was expected to intensify throughout the day.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the mountains and a wind advisory for the deserts  until 3 a.m. Saturday.

In the mountains, snow levels around 4,500 feet this morning were expected to fall to around 3,000 to 3,500 later today and to 2,500 feet overnight. Also, winds of 15 to 30 mph are expected to cause blowing snow in the mountains today, reducing visibility to a quarter-mile or less at times.

The heaviest snow is expected during the day today, according to the NWS. The agency said four to eight inches of snow accumulation is likely above 4,000 feet, and up to 10 inches is possible on higher elevated coastal slopes.

“Slick, snow covered roads and reduced visibility will make travel hazardous through the mountains,” an NWS advisory said. “Chains may be required for some roads.’’

During the wind advisory period, west winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour — gusting up to 55 mph — are expected in the deserts.

“The winds will make driving difficult, especially for motorists with high profile vehicles,” according to an NWS advisory. “Watch for broken tree limbs and downed power lines.”

Rainfall amounts from the storm are expected to range from up to a half- inch in valley areas to up to an inch in the mountains. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms and small hail this afternoon and evening, according to the weather service.

   
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