Update: Storm Warnings, Advisories and Watches
The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Sierra Nevada above 6,000 feet, until 4 AM Friday.
After a break, the next Pacific storm will bring periods of heavy snow over the Sierra Nevada late tonight through Thursday night as it moves into the region.
Motorists are advised to complete travel over the Sierra passes this evening and limit travel after midnight when periods of heavy snow are forecast to begin. Travel will be very difficult, if not impossible, during the morning commute on Thursday. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times, travel delays and possible road closures. Remember to carry tire chains, extra food, water and clothing.
According to the National Weather Service, the snow levels will range from 6,000 to 6,500 feet tonight. That will lower to 5,000 to 5,500 feet on Thursday.
New snow accumulations of one to two feet are expected above 6,500 feet through the period. Several inches of accumulation is likely below 6,500 feet.
Winds could gust as high as fifty mph over the crest of the Sierra.
Snow is forecast to decrease late Thursday night.
Another storm system will bring significant accumulating snow Friday night into Saturday.
Meanwhile, a Flash Flood Watch also remains in effect for the Ferguson Burn Scar area in Mariposa County through Friday morning.
Heavy rain will 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.