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Update: An Easter Weekend Winter Storm Warning

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The Winter Storm Warning issued for the western slope of the northern Sierra Nevada will remain in effect until 11 AM Easter Sunday. The Winter Storm Warning issued for Yosemite National Park above 4,500 feet, will continue until 5 PM Easter Sunday.

The heaviest snow is forecast this morning (Saturday), with additional periods of moderate snowfall through the day.

The snow levels early this morning are near 4,500 feet. That will be rising throughout the day to 4,500 to 5,500 feet by this evening.

Additional snow accumulations above the 4,500 foot elevation, will range from four inches to one foot. The higher you go, the more the snow.

The winds could gust as high as fifty mph on exposed ridgetops and along the crest. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

Travel could be very difficult to impossible this weekend from delays, snow-covered roads, and chain controls. The hazardous conditions will impact Easter Holiday weekend travelers.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle, in case of an emergency. Also consider alternate strategies. Remember to carry tire chains, plenty of food, a good deal of water, warm clothing, and a flashlight in your vehicle in case of an emergency.