MOUNTAIN AREA — A series of Pacific storms will bring heavy rain, mountain snow, and strong winds to much of the western U.S. this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Snow is also forecast for high mountain passes Sunday.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Sunday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. to Monday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m., for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon, above 7,000-feet. Snow is expected in the higher elevations, and drivers may plan on slippery road conditions. Tree branches could fall, as well. Travelers should be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 15 inches are currently expected.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
In the foothills of Eastern Madera and Mariposa County, there’s a good chance of precipitation Sunday night into Monday morning, with possible new accumulation total of as much as half-an-inch of rain in some places (North Fork, Oakhurst) and up to one-inch in others (Bass Lake, Mariposa). Rain showers are forecast mostly for the foothills — in the San Joaquin Valley, little rain is expected.
Rain will taper off on Monday and by Tuesday, it’s sunny again.