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New Winter Storm Warning For Yosemite And Central Sierra

CENTRAL SIERRA — The National Weather Service office in Hanford has issued a new Winter Storm Warning for the southern Sierra Nevada from Yosemite National Park to the Tulare-Kern County Line.

Two feet of new snow accumulations or more can be expected above 7,000 feet, while snow levels are predicted to drop to as low as 4,000 feet.

A Winter Storm Warning will remain in effect from 4 a.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday. A few inches of snow will accumulate down to 4,000 feet, with up to one foot of new snow above 5,000 feet, and 2 feet or more accumulating above 7,000 feet.

The snow is expected to be heaviest early Friday morning and into Friday evening. Heavy snow will make many roads impassable and create winter driving conditions. Over the highest elevations, strong wings will lead to blowing snow and reduced visibility.

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions with significant amounts of snow forecast that travel will be dangerous. Only travel in emergency, warn experts, and if you must travel keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of emergency.

Extended forecast for the Oakhurst:

In the foothills tonight, showers likely along with possible thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 35. Southeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday
Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10 a.m.. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 45. South wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible. Friday night: showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 32. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday
Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 47. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Saturday night: showers likely, mainly after 10 p.m. The rain could be heavy at times. Cloudy, with a low around 36. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunday
Showers. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 49. Southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. Sunday night: showers. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 34. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 15 to 20 mph becoming west southwest in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Monday
Rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 47. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Monday night: chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 31. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming east in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday
A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tuesday night: partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Light and variable wind becoming northeast 10 to 15 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. East wind 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Wednesday night: partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Light and variable wind becoming east northeast 10 to 15 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Extended forecast for Yosemite, starting tonight:

Snow showers. Low around 28. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Friday
Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 36. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. Friday night: snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 28. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

Saturday
Snow showers. High near 36. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Saturday night: snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 30. East southeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Sunday
Snow showers. High near 40. Windy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Sunday night: snow showers. Low around 28. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Monday
Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 36. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Monday night: a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 25. West northwest wind around 10 mph becoming south in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Tuesday
A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. North wind around 5 mph becoming east in the morning. Tuesday night: partly cloudy, with a low around 26. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Wednesday night: partly cloudy, with a low around 27. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. East northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

(Source: National Weather Service)

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