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Update: Storm Watch, Flood Watches & Wind Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the Mother Lode and the Northern San Joaquin Valley, for Thursday from 6 AM to 6 PM.

A Winter Storm Watch is also in effect for the Sierra Nevada from Thursday morning through Friday afternoon.

Additionally, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Sierra Nevada from Thursday morning through Friday afternoon.

Finally, a Flood Watch for both the Mother Lode and the Northern San Joaquin Valley remains in effect from Thursday afternoon through late Thursday night.

Winter weather returns to the Sierra Nevada today.

A stronger storm has the potential to bring more significant travel impacts to the Sierra Nevada this Thursday and Friday.

One to six feet of total snow accumulation is expected above the 8,000 foot elevation, along with strong gusty southwest winds resulting in white-out conditions at times.

A total of one to six inches of rain is possible over the Sierra Nevada. Creeks and streams are still running high after the three to eight inches of rain that fell over the same area last weekend. Some snow melt is likely due to rainfall and warmer temperatures. Rock slides are also possible.

The forecast for the Merced River at Pohono Bridge shows the river rising just above flood stage on Thursday night, possibly causing minor flooding around Yosemite National Park. Smaller creeks and streams could see sudden rises and flooding.

Winds of twenty to thirty mph are expected this Thursday in the Mother Lode and the Central Valley with gusts ranging from forty to fifty mph.

Some of the impacts will include local power outages due to downed trees and/or power lines.

A Wind Advisory means that wind gusts of forty mph or higher are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for small cars and high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow accumulations that may impact travel.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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.