Three distinct storm systems are moving through central California, with the first storm on Wednesday.
A Wind Advisory remains in effect for the Mother Lode through 4pm Wednesday.
Winds of fifteen to twenty-five mph are expected with gusts up to forty mph.
A Winter Weather Advisory also remains in effect for the Sierra Nevada above 6000 feet, through 10pm Wednesday.
Snow levels range from 5000 through 7500 feet.
Three to ten inches of snow accumulation is likely above 6000 feet.
Winds of twenty to thirty mph are possible with gusts reaching up to fifty-five mph.
One inch of rainfall is expected in the Mother Lode.
The second storm will impact the region from Thursday through Friday.
Six to ten inches of snow accumulation is expected above 8000 feet.
Storm number three will arrive Saturday night or Sunday and bring more substantial precipitation, with the potential for heavy snow accumulations in the Sierra above 8000 feet.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the Mother Lode and the Sierra Nevada from Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.
Rainfall amounts of two to four inches is expected during this time period in the central valley.
A Flood Watch means that there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Flooding is expected near smaller creeks, streams and rivers. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
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