Update: Winter Weather, Flash Flood Watch & Wind Advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Nevada above 7,000 feet until 4 AM Saturday.
This will conclude as a Winter Weather Advisory for the Sierra above 6,000 feet, by 10 AM Saturday.
Total snow accumulations will range from half-a-foot to two feet above the 6,000 foot elevation.
Winds of ten to twenty-five mph will continue in the Sierra Nevada, with gusts up to fifty mph.
Additionally, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Sierra Nevada through late tonight.
One to three inches of rainfall is expected over the Sierra Nevada below 7000 feet.
The combination of already wet soils and moderate to heavy rain could lead to excessive runoff. Flooding of small streams and low water crossings will be possible.
Finally, a Wind Advisory remains in effect for the Northern San Joaquin Valley through 10 PM tonight.
Winds of twenty-five to thirty-five mph will continue in the Central Valley, with gusts up to fifty-five mph.
A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or 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 Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
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 Wind Advisory means that winds of thirty-five mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for smaller and higher profile vehicles. Use extra caution while traveling.