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Wet Weather Coming Our Way Soon

MOUNTAIN AREA — A hazardous weather outlook has been noted for the foothills of Madera and Mariposa counties, including the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon, and a flash flood watch is in effect for elevations below 6,000 feet.

The flash flood watch starts Saturday night, Mar. 5 and continues through Monday afternoon, Mar. 7, according to the National Weather Service at Hanford. Storm totals of two to four inches of rain are likely in the watch area.

Rain could reach the foothills this afternoon and early evening, with showers likely followed by increased precipitation overnight. The potential for dangerous lighting, gusty winds and heavy rain continues into Saturday, when the heaviest rain is currently predicted for Saturday night.

Thunderstorms are possible each afternoon Sunday, Mar. 6 and Monday, Mar 7, according to Hanford. Storms could bring locally heavy downpours, gusty winds and dangerous cloud to ground lightening.

Possible impacts include mudslides, rockslides and debris flows, especially where there are burn scars. Drivers should watch out for flooded or otherwise impassable roads, downed trees, small stream flooding and possible power outages.

Flash flooding is very dangerous situation, NWS reminds residents, suggesting that forecasts should be monitored and individuals be prepared should flash flood warnings be issued later on.

Weather spotters are encouraged to report any significant or unusual weather conditions to the NWS.


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