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Update: Local Wind Advisory, Sierra Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Nevada through 2 PM Thursday.

Snow levels will continue to greatly fluctuate between 2,500 to 5,000 feet.

Three inches to three feet of total snow accumulation is expected above 4,500 feet. The higher you go, the more the snow.

Winds of twenty to thirty mph will continue in the Sierra with gusts ranging from sixty-five to seventy mph.

A Wind Advisory is also in effect for the Mother Lode and the Northern San Joaquin Valley until midnight tonight.

Sustained winds greater than twenty-five mph will continue with gusts up to fifty mph.

Some of the impacts include downed trees and power outages.

This first moderately strong weather system will bring between three quarters and two inches of rainfall to the Central Valley through mid-day Thursday. Some Mother Lode locations could see three inches or more of rainfall.

After a break on Thursday afternoon and evening, another storm system will hit Northern California on Friday. This system will be a little weaker than the previous system in precipitation amounts and wind but will come with lower snow levels generally between 3,000 and 4,000 feet.

Another Pacific storm is forecast to move through around Sunday, bringing still more rain, heavy wind and mountain snow but with even lower snow levels, between 2,000 and 3,000 feet.

Local flooding potential will return as well, especially as rainfall accumulation totals rise with each storm. Those that may be impacted by this series of storms should continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

A Winter Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or are 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.

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