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Motherlode Flood Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties until 8 PM.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause elevated levels on small creeks and streams and the ponding of water in low lying areas and on roadways.

Do not attempt to travel across flooded roads. Find an alternate route. It takes only a few inches of swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles away.

One to two inches of rain is possible in the Motherlode by tonight.

A High Wind Warning also remains in effect for the Motherlode until 6 PM tonight.

Wind speeds of 25 to 45 mph are expected throughout the day, with some gusts reaching 60 mph.

This is creating problems with local power outages, falling tree limbs and downed trees.

The Winter Storm Warning has been extended for the Sierra Nevada through 4 AM Friday.

The remaining storms will bring several inches of snow to as low as 3000 feet. An additional one to four feet of snow is expected above 5000 feet and up to six feet of accumulation above 6000 feet.

Snow levels will continue to fluctuate between 3000 to 4500 feet.

The total snow accumulation in the Sierra from last Sunday through Friday, may end up being as much as ten feet above 6000 to 7000 feet.

Written by mark@mlode.com