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First Storm Lacks Predicted Punch

A late winter storm that was supposed to smack the Sierra and the Mother Lode pretty much lost its punch overnight. It failed to deliver the potentially damaging winds that were forecast. But it also failed to bring much-needed precipitation to the Sierra snow pack. Some snow is falling in the mountains along the I-80 corridor– hours behind schedule — but far less than had been expected. The winter storm warning for the Sierra has been downgraded to a snow advisory above 6,000 feet and the high wind warning that covered the Sierra Nevada has been dropped.

Forecasters say a much stronger storm is expected tonight into tomorrow. A winter storm warning will go back into effect tonight with up to three feet of snow likely at the higher elevations by tomorrow.