Motherlode Winter Storm Watch
The Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Nevada continues through 11 AM Friday.
In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Motherlode from Thursday afternoon through Friday morning.
Half a foot to a foot of snow is possible above 2000 feet. One to four feet of snow foot is likely above 3000 through 4000 feet.
Wind gusts of forty to sixty mph are possible near the Sierra crest.
A High Wind Watch has been issued for the Motherlode from late tonight through Thursday afternoon.
Winds of fifteen to thirty mph are expected with gusts from forty-five to sixty-five mph.
This could lead to more downed tree limbs and difficult driving conditions, especially for small cars and high profile vehicles.
Thunderstorms may be a possibility this afternoon. Any local thunderstorm would most likely contain a lot of small hail mixed with heavy rainfall.
A Flood Watch remains in effect for the Motherlode through late Thursday night.
Periods of moderate to heavy rain will lead to rapid rises of small rivers and streams. Smaller creeks could overflow their banks.
Flooding of low-lying areas in both urban and rural locations should be expected. Rock, dirt and mud slides are also likely.
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