Winter Storm Watch issued for April 6-7 in Mt. Shasta area

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Leif Voeltz, center, winner of the men's 65-69 age group in the 2017 Over The Hill Classic race held April 1 at Mt. Shasta Ski Park, is congratulated by second place finisher Steve Burns, left, and third place finisher Gregg Gunkel. The Ski Park, which announced April 16 as its closing date for the season, reported 10 inches of new snow the morning of April 6. By Liz Pyles

The Mt. Shasta Ski Park reported receiving 10 inches of snow overnight on April 5-6, and the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for snow from late Thursday night through Friday morning in the Mt. Shasta area.

It’s been raining in the town of Mount Shasta throughout Thursday morning, increasing the total precipitation recorded in town by the Department of Water Resources to more than 50 inches since Oct. 1, 2016.

The NWS says 3 to 6 inches of heavy wet snow is possible below 4,000 feet with up to a foot of snow above 4,000 feet beginning this evening.

“Strong upslope flow will develop over the Mt. Shasta area tonight, and the resulting heavy precipitation will drive snow levels down to near the surface,” according to a NWS winter weather message. “The greatest threat for heavy snow will be above 4000 feet, and warm ground and road conditions may limit travel impacts from snow. However, snow levels will get very close to Mt. Shasta City and adjacent portions of Interstate 5 late tonight and Friday morning. While heavy snow is not certain to get down to the city tonight, it is possible, so residents and travelers should be prepared for wintry conditions.”