The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch beginning Sunday night through Monday evening.
Snow levels could fall low enough to cover all of Tuolumne and Calaveras counties on Monday.
The Motherlode’s area foothills could see six to twelve inches of snow. Fourteen to twenty inches of accumulation is expected above 4000 feet. Up to two feet of snow is possible in the highest Sierra Nevada.
Winds could gust from forty to fifty-five mph over the higher crests as well.
Following the storm, a Hard Freeze Watch will go into effect from Monday night into Tuesday morning. Temperatures could fall into the low 20’s throughout most of the Motherlode.
Sensitive crops and vegetation could be at risk. Pets and livestock that may be sensitive to the cold should be bought into protective areas. Some locations may experience problems with waterlines.
Highway 120 is closed at Crane Flat. Highway 108 is closed at Kennedy Meadows. Highway 4 is closed at the Mt. Reba turnoff.
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