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Storms don’t stop

Western Nevada County could get up to 10 inches of snow tonight as part of another round of winter storms moves through the Sierra.

Wind gusts up to 36 mph expected for the foothills and up to 70 in the high Sierra caused the National Weather Service in Sacramento to issue a mountain travel advisory for the weekend. The strong winds and an expected 3 to 5 feet of new snow at the higher elevations could cause whiteouts there.

The weather service said today’s expected rains could turn to snow tonight down to 3,000 feet elevation and possibly all the way to the Sacramento Valley floor.



Harry Stockman of the Qwikcast.com weather service said he did not predict snow levels that low. But Stockman said snow is possible for the foothills this weekend and probable down to 4,000 feet, as temperatures dip into the high 20s on Saturday.

Stockman said Thursday night’s first storm from the west was not warm enough to supplant the cold air that arrived earlier this week.




“The second one (from Alaska) is pretty cold,” Stockman said, and will cause highs to be in the lower 40s. “It’s an important storm, and the main portion will be Friday and Saturday, and more is coming next week.”

The Weather Channel’s Web site was predicting a 30- to 40-percent chance of showers lingering through next Wednesday. The National Weather Service said there could be more snow with that rain.

“The entire state of California is pretty much under the gun for the next three or four days,” said Duane Dykema, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Monterey. “People are definitely going to have to be wary if they have travel plans, especially if they plan to go to the mountains.”

The U.S. Coast Guard advised Bay Area boaters and beach visitors to “exercise extreme caution” over the next several days, warning of waves that could reach 17-feet high and winds up to 20 knots. It also issued a gale-force wind and high surf advisory for Monterey Bay and the Central California coast.

The two storms could cause flooding near streams and rivers, produce damaging winds and disrupt air travel, Dykema said. Dry weather was not anticipated until the middle of next week, he said.

A continuous band of storms that began on Dec. 27 brought up to 9 feet of snow at some ski resorts around Lake Tahoe and pushed rainfall totals throughout California well above normal. San Francisco has received 14.23 inches of rain since July 1, about 165 percent of normal.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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