Winter storm brings rain, snow to California, wet weather to Stockton

The first winter storm of the season brought rain to Stockton on Tuesday, soaking the city as a cold front moves through California.

More rain showers are forecast for Tuesday night into Wednesday, along with unusually cold temperatures and gusty winds. Some areas within Stockton were briefly without power Tuesday, according to Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

A woman uses an umbrella to keep dry from the first rain of the season as she walks down Weber Avenue near San Joaquin Street in downtown Stockton on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.

Northern California was also hit by lightning and thunderstorms, the National Weather Service tweeted.

With the calendar still saying autumn, winter storm warnings went into effect in much of the Sierra Nevada and forecasters advised against mountain travel due to expected deteriorating conditions.

Pedstirans use any means they can to stay dry from the first rain of the season as they cross Weber Avenue at Hunter Street in downtown Stockton on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.

“Travel could be very difficult to impossible,” the National Weather Service said.

The California Highway Patrol office at Truckee, in the Sierra north of Lake Tahoe, said drivers should expect chain controls and delays due to the first significant snow of the season.

Ebbetts, Sonora and Monitor passes were closed in anticipation of the storm, the California Department of Transportation said. Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park also was closed.

The weather service said the heaviest precipitation was expected in Northern California, where slushy snow and gusty winds could impact travel on parts of Interstate 5.

“While much needed, this precipitation will not make much of a dent in the extreme to exceptional drought that continues to plague much of California,” forecasters wrote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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