Shifting pattern to dump mountain snow, raise flood threat across the West this week


Multiple storms are expected to march into the West Coast this week, bringing along a changeable mixture of rain, wind and snow for many places. While a dent in the ongoing drought is expected, it will come at a cost.

This week has already kicked off with a storm marching into the Pacific Northwest. The grey skies and spits of rain that are typical of autumn led to a dreary end to the weekend along the Interstate 5 corridor across western Washington, Oregon and even Northern California.

While this storm isn’t a drought-busting powerhouse of a storm, it did prompt winter weather advisories across the northern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range from Sunday evening into Monday morning. Snow levels dropped low enough for a fresh coating of snow in places like South Lake Tahoe, California. The mountainous terrain surrounding the lake also became snow-covered overnight Sunday.

Snow had already begun in the Lake Tahoe area on early Monday morning, and chaotic snowflakes were captured on webcams.

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