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Rain today, snow expected tonight at 2,000 feet

A blustery blast of weather is expected to hit Nevada County today with rain expected in the foothills and swirling snow in the high Sierra at 2,800 feet and above.

Snow levels are expected to drop to 2,000 feet and maybe even lower tonight.

That caused the National Weather Service in Sacramento to issue a winter storm warning for the northern Sierra from 5 p.m. Sunday through 5 p.m. Monday.

The unusual, cold spring storm could leave up to four inches of snow by Monday afternoon in Grass Valley and Nevada City, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Gusty winds up to 45 mph and up to one foot of new snow are expected at Donner Pass today through Monday. Travelers should have tire chains, food, water, extra clothing and a flashlight during the storm period.

Foothill highs will be in the lower 40s today and Monday, with night lows hovering around the freezing point of 32 degrees.

Skies are expected to become sunny again Tuesday and remain that way through the week. Highs in the foothills are forecast to climb back into the mid-60s, with lows in the 30s.

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

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