Midweek Storm Contains Rain, Wind And Snow
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Nevada above 6,000 feet, until 4 AM Friday.
Snow is occurring across the higher elevations. Travel will continue to be difficult with chain controls likely.
Heavier snow will develops late this evening and continue through Thursday night with severe winter weather conditions expected.
Snow accumulations of around a foot will be possible through tonight across the higher elevations, then additional snow accumulations of a half-a-foot to three feet is expected above 6,000 feet, from late tonight through Thursday night.
Winds could gust as high as fifty mph over the crest of the Sierra.
Be prepared for major travel delays at times on Thursday. Travel could be very difficult to impossible as significant reductions in visibility is possible. If traveling into the Sierra Nevada, consider alternate plans. Remember to carry tire chains, extra food, water and clothing.
Additionally, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Ferguson Burn Scar area in Mariposa County from late this morning through Friday morning.
Heavy rain may occur at times (especially over the burn scar) which will make the foothills susceptible to flash flooding and possible debris flows.
Finally, a Wind Advisory has been issued for both the Mother Lode and the Northern San Joaquin Valley from 10 PM tonight through 8 AM Thursday.
Winds of fifteen to thirty mph are expected with gusts up to forty mph.
Blowing debris, downed tree branches and power outages are possible. This will create hazardous driving conditions, especially for small cars and high profile vehicles.
A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
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 Winter Weather Advisory means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
A Winter Storm Warning for means there will be snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Travel is not recommended while the warning is in effect. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.