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Wet weather approaches in two bursts this week

Local residents can expect storms today through Wednesday and another system Thursday with showers over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

“It’s definitely going to be raining during the day Tuesday, and we might have a slight chance of thunderstorms,” said meteorologist Stefanie Henry.

Snow levels will be 2 to 4 inches in the foothills and 6 to 10 inches possibly above 3,000 feet, Henry said.

“We’re not expecting this to be a major storm, but it is a moderately heavy storm for the snowfall areas,” she said.

Showers can be expected early Wednesday and will clear up Wednesday evening, as part of a normal storm for this type of year, though rainfall has been less than average overall.

“We might see some more showers on the weekend. There may be a slight chance Thursday,” Henry said. “It’s a little atypical that we haven’t had as much rainfall since 2013 started, but this type of system is something normal for this time of year.”

Wind can also be expected with the storm with possible gusts up to 50 mph, Henry said.

“So anyone passing the ridge, the trans-Sierra pass levels will experience some breezy conditions,” she said.

The National Weather Service will place a winter weather advisory out for above 2,000 feet from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, Henry said.

“We are advising people not to travel (today) because of snow and winds, and if they do travel, they are going to need chains,” she said. “If you’re heading toward Tahoe or by Truckee, basically going over the crest, snow is going to impact to 2,000 feet, so anywhere between 2,000 feet, and the summit will be an issue.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

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