Cold Blast Drops Sierra Snow Level, Dusts Mt. Hamilton

CAMINO (KPIX 5) – Overnight precipitation dropped snow levels in the Sierra Foothills and even left a hint of snow on Mount Hamilton in the South Bay.

Snowflakes clung to the KPIX 5 Mount Hamilton camera shortly before sunrise Tuesday, but that precipitation had already moved on to the Lake Tahoe area, where towns above 3,000 feet were dumped on.

KPIX 5 interactive radar showed cold conditions on local mountaintops Tuesday morning, with the potential for snowfall.

Snow had been falling and sticking in the foothills as low as 2,500 feet in elevation all night and into Tuesday morning. Totals overnight were in the three to five inch range, with more coming down in some locations.

“The snowplows were busy this morning,” said Sacramento CBS Anchor Julissa Ortiz. “It was really heavy [around 6 a.m.]”

A winter weather advisory was in effect for the northern Sierra until 11 a.m. Tuesday, with an additional one to three inches of snow expected.

A handful of schools in El Dorado County were closed due to the winter-like conditions.


Chains were mandatory on Highway 50 for people heading in the direction of Lake Tahoe.

In the Bay Area, more thunder and even hail were in the forecast after a 2nd powerful storm sets in on the region.

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