CALIFORNIANS may not have to dream of a “white Christmas” this year.
Rain and sleet fell in Northern California on Wednesday, forming the first wave of a wet weather pattern that is expected to last through Christmas, forecasters said.
Holiday travel is likely to be impacted by more rain, mountain snow and strong winds.
The National Weather Service is advising people to prepare and give themselves plenty of time when traveling during the holidays.
“Driving safely in #winter weather can be challenging for even the most experienced drivers,” reads a tweet from the California Highway Patrol.
“Regardless of the weather conditions, slow down. Vehicles cannot stop quickly or turn accurately on wet, snowy or icy roads. Reduced visibility is also a possibility.”
The NWS said parts of the Sierra Nevada will have a Winter storm warning as early as Wednesday afternoon or through Thursday morning, running through Sunday.
According to the California Department of Transportation, vehicles have been required to have chains on their tires through the Sierra.
There is also light to moderate rain around the San Francisco Bay Area that is spreading towards the coast.
Widespread rain is forecast in Southern California through Thursday. Forecasters said a flood warning would be in effect from Thursday evening to Friday morning because of the heavy rainfall.
HAS CALIFORNIA EVER HAS A WHITE Christmas Season?
Neither San Francisco nor Los Angeles have ever had a White Christmas, but it snows in the winter.
San Francisco has had four days of snowfall in recorded history, although none in the past few decades.
Most of the snowfall occurred in the 19th century. On February 5, 1887, there was 3.7 inches of snow, while 1.5 inches was recorded on February 7, 19984.
Another inch fell on the city on March 3, 1896.
On December 11, 1932, 0.8 inches of snow fell in the city. The last recorded snowfall in San Francisco was on February 5, 1976, but it is not recorded how many inches fell that day.
Downtown Los Angeles recorded 2.0 inches of snow on January 15, 1932.
Other snowfalls were just a light cloud of dust in January 1949 and 1954.
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