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Rain, gusty wind, chance of snow this weekend

Two storms will make Easter weekend wet, windy and treacherous for travelers in Nevada County and the Sierra, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

The first storm is predicted to bring rain to the foothills and snow from 4,000 feet to 5,500 feet after 11 a.m. today. It is expected to include wind gusts from 40 to 60 mph.

The snow level is forecast to drop to 2,000 to 3,000 feet by Saturday morning as the first storm winds down, but little accumulation is expected in the foothills. That isn’t the case at the higher elevations, where 6 inches to 1 foot of new snow is expected.

After a brief break Saturday, the second storm is expected to arrive Easter Sunday and persist into Monday. That storm could be colder than the first and could bring even greater amounts of precipitation.

Rain is likely in the foothills Sunday, with a chance for snow Sunday night as the snow level drops to 2,700 feet. There will be a chance of rain and snow showers in the foothills Monday, with snow levels rising to 4,200 feet.

Snow will be likely at Donner Pass today through Monday.

Drivers are urged to take extra water, food, clothing, tire chains and a flashlight when traveling through the Sierra today through Monday.

Foothill temperatures will be in the 40s today through Tuesday, with lows in the 30s. Day temperatures are predicted to climb back into the mid-60s Tuesday and Wednesday.

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

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