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Update: Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Nevada from 10 AM this morning to 4 PM Thursday.

Snow levels will initially begin around 8,000 feet today but will lower to around 3500 to 4000 feet by Thursday morning.

Total snow accumulations of two to ten inches is expected above 5,000 feet. One to two feet of snow is likely above 7,000 feet.

Wind gusts of up to fifty-five mph are forecast over the higher terrain at times.

Additionally, a Wind Advisory has been issued for the Northern San Joaquin Valley, which includes the lower portions of Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties, on Wednesday from noon until midnight.

Sustained winds of twenty-five mph are likely with gusts reaching up to forty-five mph.

Some of the impacts include possible tree damage and local power outages.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are possible tonight into early Thursday morning.

Total rainfall amounts of up to three quarters of an inch are expected in the Central Valley, one to two inches in the Mother Lode and one to three inches over the Sierra Nevada.

A Wind Advisory means that winds of forty mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are expected or are occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.