More foothill rain, Sierra snow expected |

More foothill rain, Sierra snow expected

Two more weather systems are predicted to keep Nevada County wet this week, bringing intermittent rain to the foothills and snow to the high Sierra at 5,000 feet and above through the weekend.

There is a predicted 50 percent chance of foothills rain after 10 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento. There will be 40 percent chance of snow at Donner Pass.

Foothill highs are predicted to dip into the 40s today and Wednesday as the first system passes through. Lows are expected in the mid- to upper 30s.

The system is forecast to bring up to one inch of rain to the foothills today through Wednesday night, with snow continuing above 5,000 feet for an accumulation of four to six inches.

Mountain motorists are being warned to carry tire chains, water, food, extra clothing and a flashlight if traveling the Sierra through the weekend. You can also call the state road conditions line before you depart at 1-800-427-7623.

After another sunny day Thursday in the foothills with the high in the upper 50s, the second system is expected to roll in Thursday night. It will bring a slight chance of rain in western Nevada County and possible snow at the higher elevations.

Rain in the foothills is expected Friday, with snow in the high Sierra as well. The amounts were not predicted by the National Weather Service.

Chances for precipitation in the Sierra are expected to diminish Saturday and Sunday. Highs will be in the 50s Thursday through Sunday, with night lows in the mid- to upper 50s.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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