Wet welcome to the start of fall in California

The weather went from being hot to snow falling in the Sierra.

Images from a webcam maintained by the Yosemite Conservancy shows snow covered peaks, including the park’s landmark Half Dome.

Farther north, the National Weather Service’s Sacramento office has issued a winter weather advisory through evening because snow was falling over Interstate 80 on Thursday morning.

Snow fell in Mammoth Lakes and surrounding areas, causing celebration in the mountain resort town popular with Southern California skiers and snowboarders. NWS meteorologist Hannah Chandler said this storm is dropping snow and rain in isolated showers, as opposed to the big atmospheric rivers that drench the area in the winter.

Ski season, which didn’t officially end at several Tahoe resorts until late July or early August after some massive snowfall last winter, is now expected to start up again at at least one resort, Mt.

At Oroville Dam, where crews are rushing to fix two badly damaged spillways before California’s winter rainy season starts in earnest, dam operators were keeping an eye on forecasts.

“Expect periods of winter driving conditions in the higher Sierra today”, the service said in a forecast discussion. Warmer and drier weather is expected by the weekend.

Large fire potential will be above normal because of the abundance of grass spawned by last winter’s heavy rains, the center said.

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