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A couple of storms will bring precipitation to Northern California from Wednesday into the weekend.

The first storm will move through Wednesday into Thursday. Rainfall totals of 0.33 to 0.5 inches are expected in the northern San Joaquin Valley and 0.75 to 1.25 inches is anticipated in the Mother Lode.

The second storm, which is cooler and stronger, will move through Friday into Saturday. Around half an inch of rain is expected in the northern San Joaquin Valley and 0.75 to 1.25 inches is anticipated in the Mother Lode.

Thunderstorms with locally heavy rain are also a possibility from Thursday through Saturday. Showers may linger over the area into early next week.

Snow accumulations of five to ten inches is likely in the Sierra Nevada above 6000 feet from Wednesday through Friday morning. Additional accumulations of seven to fourteen inches is forecast above 6000 feet from Friday into Saturday. Up to two inches of snow is possible around 5000 feet.

According to the National Weather Service, snow levels will range from 6000 to 7000 feet on Wednesday before dropping to around 5000 feet on Thursday. Snow levels will then drop to 4000 feet by Sunday morning.

Winds of fifteen to twenty-five mph with gusts up to forty mph are expected in the Central Valley from Wednesday evening into early Thursday. Winds of ten to twenty mph are likely on Friday. Wind gusts of up to around fifty mph are anticipated over the Sierra ridges.