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Wet weather possible for another week

Get out the galoshes, snow chains and maybe an ark.

The wet weather that has rolled continuously through the Sierra recently is predicted to continue for another week by the National Weather Service Thursday in Sacramento. A winter storm watch is in effect through Saturday, with mixed rain and snow expected through late next week.

“Traveling will be very slippery and treacherous,” said Harry Stockman at the Qwikcast.com weather service. “We could have 3 to 6 inches of snow by the end of Friday,” in the Grass Valley and Nevada City areas.



The latest cold snap could bring 1 to 2 inches of snow as low as 1,000 feet by tonight, Stockman said. The National Weather Service said snow could even reach the floor of the Sacramento Valley over the weekend and travelers should watch for thunderstorms with hail and gusty winds there.

The storms are expected to bring a foot of snow at the higher elevations. The Sierra Avalanche Center in Truckee has issued an avalanche warning for backcountry areas outside of developed ski resorts. Caltrans is advising drivers to give themselves plenty of time to make Northern California destinations.




Highs in the 30s, Friday through Sunday, should enhance the chance for snow. Highs climbing into the 40s for Monday through Thursday bring predictions of likely rain. Lows will be in the high 20s at night next week, meaning rain could change to snow after dark.

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To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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