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December Begins With A Winter Storm

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIESThe National Weather Service Hanford Office has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Yosemite National Park and the surrounding communities. The watch begins Thursday, December 1st, 2022 at 1:00 am and concludes on Friday at 4:00 pm. Two weather systems are expected to affect much of the West Coast bringing significant rain and snow to our area.

Winter Storm Watch

A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect for the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada from early Thursday morning through Friday afternoon. Total snow accumulations of 20 to 30 inches of new snowfall are expected above 5000 feet with locally heavier amounts possible above 6000 feet. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Major winter storm impacts are expected in the Sierra Nevada due to snow load and snow amounts up to three feet. If you plan to travel, consider alternate strategies.


Projected Precipitation

Precipitation begins in Yosemite and north areas Thursday morning spreading southward along a front into the Tehachapis Thursday afternoon. The heavier precipitation is expected over the Sierra Nevada’s Thursday evening diminishing Friday morning. Unsettled weather will continue through the weekend. Foothill regions are expected to have periods of heavy rain and up to 2 inches of rain in Mariposa and Oakhurst.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for difficult travel conditions, power outages and flooding/debris flows. As always, you can expect up to date information from Sierra News Online including traffic reports and any breaking news.


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