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Update: Winter Storm Warning For Mother Lode & Sierra Nevada

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Nevada and the Mother Lode above 2,500 feet, now through 4 AM Monday.

A cold weather system will bring continued moderate to heavy snow today into this evening.

The snow levels begin around the 1,500 foot elevation.

Additional snow accumulations above the 2,500 foot elevation, will range from five to fifteen inches.

Breezy winds, combined with the snow, will continue to create poor visibility at times.

Winds gusts of forty to eighty mph are expected over exposed ridge tops and near the crest of the Sierra. The cold wind chills, as low as 30 below zero in the Sierra Nevada, could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as thirty minutes.

Travel today into this evening is not recommended, with chain controls, long delays, and road closures likely to continue.

Lingering showers will continue into this evening before diminishing overnight into Monday morning.

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.