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Update: Sierra Nevada Winter Storm Warning

A series of strong storms will bring heavy snow to the Sierra Nevada this week.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Sierra Nevada above 7000 feet, until 4 PM Tuesday.

Snow levels will rise to above 5000 feet this afternoon and then from 6000 to 7000 feet tonight. Snow levels will lower slightly Tuesday.

The heaviest snowfall will take place this afternoon and evening. Snowfall rates over an inch an hour are anticipated.

Total snow accumulations of one to three feet is likely above 7000 feet.

Additionally, a Wind Advisory has been issued for both the Mother Lode and Central Valley from noon today until midnight tonight.

Winds of twenty to thirty mph are expected with gusts up to forty to fifty mph.

The strongest winds are expected this afternoon lasting into this evening.

The winds will make driving difficult and could result in local power outages.

A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of at least twenty-five mph are expected and/or wind gusts of forty mph or greater. Winds this strong can make driving difficult.

A Winter Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.