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Sierra Winter Weather Advisory, Local Flood Watch

Another parade of strong weather systems will continue to move through Northern California through Tuesday.

The main impacts include heavy rain and heavy snow and breezy to gusty winds both today and this weekend.

Downed trees and occasional power outages are likely.

Snow levels are starting today at 7,000 feet before falling to 5,000 feet this weekend and then down to 3,000 feet by Monday.

Snow accumulations of several feet are expected.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the Sierra Nevada above 6,000 feet from 7 AM Friday to 4 AM Saturday.

Total snow accumulations during this time period, will range from half a foot to one foot above 7,000 feet. Two to five inches of snow is likely at 6,000 feet.

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

Additionally, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Calaveras and Tuolumne County below 4,000 feet through Sunday afternoon.

Saturated soils and swollen small creeks and streams from recent rains have primed the area for potential flooding with the approaching storms. These storm systems will bring the potential for widespread nuisance flooding to low lying areas, ponding of water on area roadways, and flooding of small creeks and streams. Small creeks will be running high and fast, avoid playing or working near them.

The rainfall totals will be higher than last series of storms.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Remember: Turn around, don`t drown.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that visibilities will be limited due to a combination of falling and blowing snow. Use caution when traveling, especially in open areas.