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Sierra Winter Storm Warning Through Friday

The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Sierra Nevada above 6,000 feet through 4 AM Friday.

Periods of heavy snow will continue today with snowfall rates of over an inch per hour, likely at times.

Additional snow accumulations of one to three feet across the peaks, are expected through early Friday.

The snow will be decreasing tonight.

Winds could gust as high as fifty mph over the crest. Strong winds could cause tree damage.

Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times, travel delays and possible road closures. Travel will be very difficult. If traveling into the Sierra Nevada, consider alternate plans. Remember to carry tire chains, extra food, water and clothing.

Meanwhile, a Wind Advisory has been issued for the Mother Lode and the Northern San Joaquin Valley until noon today.

Winds of fifteen to thirty mph will continue with gusts ranging from forty to fifty mph.

Blowing debris, downed tree branches and power outages possible. This also creates hazardous driving conditions, especially for small cars and high profile vehicles.

Additionally, a Flash Flood Warning has been issued for southeastern Tuolumne County and central Mariposa County until 9:15 AM this morning.

There has been heavy rain at times over the burn scar area.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will cause mud slides near steep terrain. Flash flooding and debris flows are likely. The mud slide can consist of rock, mud, vegetation, and other loose materials.

An overall Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Mariposa County through Friday morning.

The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

Instructions: Move away from recently burned areas. Life-threatening flooding of creeks and roads is likely. The heavy rain will likely trigger rockslides, mudslides and debris flows in steep terrain, especially in and around these areas. Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.

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 25 to 40 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

A Winter Storm Warning 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.