The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Friday effective through 10 a.m. Saturday for the Tahoe-area and parts of eastern California and western Nevada.
A cold front and light rain is forecast in the Bay Area Wednesday, with chances of heavier rain in the North Bay regions, according to the National Weather Service.
Record highs of 86 degrees in Las Vegas and 71 at South Lake Tahoe, California on Thursday are forecast to drop nearly 30 degrees by Saturday.
WEATHER FORECAST: Cloudy, dry, chilly temps Friday
A winter storm warning was in effect Thursday until 10 p.m. for the Tahoe area, where as much as 18 inches (45 cm) was possible above elevations of 7,000 feet and up to 2 feet on ridge tops.
An incoming storm will bring heavy rainfall to the Bay Area and Pacific Gas and Electric is warning customers of potential outages.
The California Department of Water Resources made its first snow survey of the new year and officials are pleased with the results.
Officials at Northstar California Resort near Truckee, California, announced in October they would begin charging fees for the first time this season at a major parking lot near the premium parking area where fees already were in place.
The winter solstice, which is shortest day of the year, will occur Saturday, Dec. 21.
Winter conditions over the weekend triggered deadly crashes in the Central Plains and Midwest, while a storm was set to bring more snow and freezing rain into the Northeast.
Two months ago, the U.S. Drought Monitor categorized more 81% of the state as abnormally dry because of above-normal temperatures and a lack of precipitation six weeks into the water year that started Oct. 1. The percentage climbed to 85% as recently as last week.
A snowboarder was rescued by friends after he was buried face down by an avalanche in the Sierra on Monday.
Weather-related problems caused the transit operator to shut down the underground line from West Portal to Embarcadero, forcing passengers to find an alternative means to get downtown.
Heavy rain caused severe flooding in several areas of San Francisco Saturday, downing trees and turning streets into what looked to be lakes.
Firefighters responded to the 5900 block of Alhambra Way at about 3 p.m. to find the tree having smashed through a pool/tub room of the house. Rain was especially heavy at the time, said Battalion Chief James Bowron.
No one was injured when the tree fell, but the home was substantially damaged.
The tree fell at Locust and Clay streets in San Francisco. The two are expected to be ok.
Jesse Gary reports from Orinda.
With one big atmospheric river behind them and a very wet cold front about to hit, people in the Kincade Fire burn areas are pretty well set for what's coming, especially overnight Friday into Saturday.
Tom Vacar reports from Healdsburg.