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Storms could bring lightning strikes

No fire watches have been issued, but isolated thunderstorms that could produce lightning strikes are expected in Nevada County’s high Sierra through Thursday afternoon.

Western Nevada County could expect a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms through this afternoon, the National Weather Service in Sacramento said Tuesday. Foothill highs will be in the mid-80s to low 90s through next Monday, with skies clearing Wednesday night.

Summer lightning strikes often cause wildfires in the Sierra, sometimes breaking into major blazes such as those seen across Northern and Central California during June and July. However, this system is nowhere near as menacing as the front that produced more than 800 lightning fires June 21 in the north state.


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