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Update: Sierra Nevada Winter Storm Watch For Monday

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A winter storm will bring periods of heavy snow and strong wind across the mountains of the Sierra Nevada this Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Northern Sierra Nevada above 5,500 feet, from Monday morning through late Monday night.

The heaviest snow is expected Monday afternoon and night for elevations above 5,500 feet, with light accumulation down to the 4,000 to 4,500 foot elevation.

The total snow accumulations above 5,500 feet, will range from half-a-foot to two feet.

Strong wind is also possible. Strong wind combined with heavy snow will make for possible white out conditions at times. Damage to trees and power lines may occur as well.

Hazardous and difficult mountain travel conditions are anticipated with this storm. If traveling in the mountains, carry chains, extra warm clothing and food, and be prepared for significant travel delays.

Another winter storm is possible midweek which could also impact mountain travel.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor for the latest forecasts.