Storms will create tough weekend travel in Sierra |

Storms will create tough weekend travel in Sierra

Two more storms will make the Easter weekend wet, windy and treacherous for travelers in Nevada County and the Sierra, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Drivers are urged to take extra water, food, clothing, tire chains and a flashlight when traveling through the Sierra Friday through Monday.

After partly sunny skies today, the first storm is predicted to bring rain to the foothills and snow from 4,000 to 5,500 feet after 11 a.m. Friday. It is expected to include wind gusts from 40 to 60 mph.

The snow level is forecast to drop to 2,000 to 3,000 feet by Saturday morning as the first storm winds down, but little accumulation is expected in the foothills.

That isn’t the case at the higher elevations, where six inches to one foot of new snow is expected.

After a brief break Saturday, the second storm is expected to arrive Easter Sunday and persist into Monday. That storm could be wetter and colder than the first and could bring even greater amounts of precipitation.

Rain is forecast as likely in the foothills Sunday, with a chance for snow Sunday night as the snow level drops to 2,700 feet.

There will be a chance of rain and snow showers in the foothills Monday, with snow levels rising to 4,200 feet.

There will a a chance of snow today at Donner Pass, with snow likely Friday afternoon through Monday.

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

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