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Rain, snow at higher elevations on horizon for Nevada County

A fairly weak storm system is expected to hit Nevada County today, but a moderate-intensity storm is being forecasted to start Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service's Sacramento bureau, a cold system Wednesday night through Friday will bring snow to lower elevations and major mountain travel impacts are anticipated.

Western Nevada County will get some more rain, on top of last week's drenching. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Emily Heller, Grass Valley received a total of 5.57 inches between Nov. 22 and Monday. And anywhere from 2 to 4 inches more is forecasted through the week, Heller added.

"We are expecting the rain to move in some time early in the afternoon (today), with chances of more rain through the week with a slight break Wednesday," she said. "There will be snow at higher elevations, mostly Wednesday night to Thursday."

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for portions of the Sierra, including the eastern portion of Nevada County, from Wednesday night through late Thursday. Snow levels are expected to stay at about 4,000 feet with 8 to 12 inches forecasted. Some light accumulations are possible down to 3,500 feet by Friday morning.

As of Monday afternoon, the forecast was for a chance of showers between 8-11 a.m., then rain after 11 a.m. today with up to half of an inch possible through the night. Another half-inch of rain is forecasted for Wednesday, with showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Thursday, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm Thursday morning with wind gusts as high as 22 mph.

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The chance of showers decreases by Friday, but more rain is forecasted for Saturday.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at lizk@theunion.com.

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