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Sonora, CA — The National Weather Service indicates that the Mother Lode and Sierra Nevada could receive some much-needed precipitation starting late this weekend

A shift in the weather is anticipated in the greater region, as a cold front moves from the northern Pacific Ocean to the south.  There could even be some snow above the 8,000 feet elevation. The system is expected to pass through the area as early as Saturday evening and then continuing into Tuesday. It could bring anywhere from a quarter of an inch, to two inches, of rain, total, depending on the location. Locally, the National Weather Service projects that the greater Sonora area and Yosemite could receive 1-2 inches of rain over the three-day period. Thunderstorm activity is possible on Monday and Tuesday.

Fire officials to the north are hoping that the rain will help slow the Mosquito Fire in Placer and El Dorado counties.

At a town hall meeting last night, CAL Fire’s Jonathan Pangburn indicated there is a good chance that at least a quarter of an inch of rain could fall in the burn area. If that holds true, it would not fully extinguish the fire, but he referred to it as being a “wetting rain” that would help the suppression efforts. The National Weather Service updates today that an inch of rain could actually fall in the burn area, based on the latest modeling.