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Update: Sierra Nevada Winter Storm Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Sierra Nevada above 6,000 feet, which is in effect from late tonight through late Thursday night.

Total snow accumulations will range from two to twelve inches above the 6,000 foot level.

The snow showers will begin late tonight / early Thursday morning.

The heaviest snow showers are likely Thursday afternoon and evening.

The biggest concern will be for the local mountain passes and travelers using the highways.

Back country campers and hikers will likely see rapid changes in the weather.

Low temperatures will range from the upper twenties to the lower thirties.

A “Winter Storm Watch” means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

As of now, Highway 120 (Tioga Pass), Highway 108 (Sonora Pass) and Highway 4 (Ebbetts Pass) are all open, with no restrictions. For the latest road conditions, log onto http://www.mymotherlode.com/traffic