From an email we got from our emergency planning manager at work:
I have reviewed the forecasts for the storms set to start tomorrow and gain intensity on Friday, and lasting through the weekend. It is indicated that these storms will be one of the largest single snow events in the Sierra since 1992 and that rain totals from four to eight inches are expected in Northern California.
Hey, Monkey — let's be sure to go by TJ's like we were planning and stock up on food. I doubt we'll want to go out much if it's as bad as they predict.
From the National Weather Service
— um, do they usually use terms like "sopping mess" and "wreak havoc"?
...A STRONGER STORM IS FORECAST TO AFFECT THE AREA ON FRIDAY.
THIS ONE IS FORECAST TO SLAM INTO THE NORTH COAST FRIDAY MORNING
AND SPREAD HEAVY RAIN FROM NORTH TO SOUTH DURING THE DAY. SOUTH OR
SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO BLOW STRONG WITH SUSTAINED WINDS 30
TO 45 MPH AND GUSTS TO 60 MPH ACROSS THE DISTRICT. EVEN STRONGER
WINDS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE HILLS AS A POWERFUL LOW LEVEL JET AIMS AT
THE COAST. 24 HOUR RAINFALL TOTALS (ENDING SATURDAY AT 4 AM) FROM THE
CNRFC GIVE 1 TO 2 INCHES TO THE VALLEYS AND LOW LANDS OF THE CWA
AND 3 TO 5 INCHES IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN...AND EVEN A BULLSEYE OF
OVER 6 INCHES TO THE HIGHEST PEAKS OF THE SANTA LUCIAS! ADD THESE
NUMBERS TO THE PREVIOUS 24-HOUR TOTALS AND YOU GET CLOSE TO 10 INCHES
IN THE HIGHEST PEAKS AND A SOPPING MESS DISTRICT WIDE. ADD IN THE
STRONG WINDS AND YOU HAVE THE LIKELIHOOD OF NUMEROUS TREES BEING
BLOWN DOWN. MAKE PREPARATIONS NOW...THESE STORMS WILL WREAK HAVOC
ACROSS THE STATE. HIGH SURF AND POSSIBLE COASTAL FLOODING WILL ALSO
BE AN ISSUE...SEE THE MARINE SECTION BELOW.