Snow is expected to fall in the Sierra Nevada by Monday night

Southern California mountains see season’s first snow, with another storm forecast for next week By Ryan Nanni February 19 at 6:00 AM The first significant snow of the winter season is set to arrive…

Snow is expected to fall in the Sierra Nevada by Monday night

Southern California mountains see season’s first snow, with another storm forecast for next week

By Ryan Nanni

February 19 at 6:00 AM

The first significant snow of the winter season is set to arrive here by Monday, as much of the Sierra Nevada prepares for what could be the most significant snow event of the season.

A storm that tracks into the southern part of the state on Sunday night is expected to bring between seven to 14 inches in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service, with rates of accumulation being as much as two to three times greater than last year.

“The snow is heaviest in the mountains of the south and will be followed by a storm system that will be moving into the north valley late Monday night and into Tuesday night into Wednesday night,” the forecast reads. “The snow will change to rain and sleet over the Sierra Nevada with isolated amounts of snow remaining to the lower elevations of the ranges and into the central valley late next week.”

The latest storm will bring a total of 18 to 40 inches of snow to higher elevations in the southern Sierra, but that should be the least of the mountain region’s concerns as Tuesday’s storm moves through the lower elevations of the range, The Weather Channel reports.

“We had very little snow in February 2012 so far, and that’s not going to happen this year,” Kevin Martin, a snowpack ecologist with the National Weather Service, told the outlet.

“The biggest issue for the Sierra snowpack is moisture from the Pacific waters to the north and the moisture that this is delivering across the Sierra Nevada will help push the snow into the snowpack. This will help keep the snow from melting much faster,” he added.

The storm is also expected to have the largest impact in the high country with around 18 to 21 inches expected to fall in the Klamath National Forest, according to a forecast.

The biggest problem might come from the lack of moisture.

“The snowpack in California’s mountain areas is

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