The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Motherlode from Thursday 3 PM to Friday 11 AM.
The Winter Storm Warning now in effect for the Sierra Nevada, also continues until 11 AM Friday.
Half a foot to a foot of snow is possible above 2000 feet. One to four feet of snow foot is likely above 3000 through 4000 feet. Three to five feet of snow is expected above 7000 feet.
Additionally, a High Wind Warning has been issued for the Motherlode on through 5 PM Thursday.
Winds of twenty to forty mph are expected with strong gusts from forty-five to seventy mph.
This could lead to more downed trees and power outages. This will also create difficult driving conditions, especially for small cars and high profile vehicles.
In the Sierra, winds of twenty-five to thirty-five mph are expected with gusts up to sixty mph.
Thunderstorms are also possible Thursday afternoon and evening. Funnel clouds will be possible along with weak tornadoes. These storms will most likely contain a lot of hail mixed with heavy rainfall.
A Flood Watch remains in effect for the Motherlode now through late Thursday night.
Periods of moderate to heavy rain will lead to rapid rises of small rivers and streams. Smaller creeks could overflow their banks.
Flooding of low-lying areas in both urban and rural locations should be expected. Rock, dirt and mud slides are also likely.
More wet weather is possible late Friday night and Saturday, as another storm system approaches the region.
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