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Road washout located 17 miles up Minarets Road (4S81) on the Bass Lake Ranger District. Picture Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service - Sierra National Forest

Wind, Rain And Snow Returning Today

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–The National Weather Service Hanford Office reports that another round of winter storms will return to our area this weekend. A flood watch, winter storm warning, and a risk of excessive rainfall are all in place now. Rockslides, mudslides, and debris flow flooding are possible.

Another atmospheric river will move into central California today, beginning with light rains. Saturday and Sunday, another event moves in, bringing stronger winds and rain, and snow to the area. Snow levels are expected to be around 6000 feet tomorrow, so under the snowline could see moderate to periods of heavy rain on already saturated soil.

Snow levels are expected to fall to around 4000 feet by Sunday morning, and another system will reach the region very late Sunday or early Monday morning.  This will bring an additional round of valley rain and mountain snow, but likely not as much as the previous system. Once this system is out of the way, weather models suggest a period of much drier weather is possible.

As always, Sierra News Online will be monitoring and reporting any weather alerts and road conditions, including traffic collisions, closures and hazards, school closures, power outages, and other emergencies as they happen. Check back often for updates, and stay safe!


A strong storm system will impact Central California Saturday and Saturday night, resulting in rain in the San Joaquin Valley and snow in the Sierra Nevada. Snow levels will start at around 6,000 feet Saturday before dropping to about 5,000 feet Saturday night. The majority of this precipitation will fall Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.


Environmental conditions are favorable for heavy rainfall in most of Central California Saturday and Saturday nights, which could result in flooding. Pay close attention to the weather and be ready to move to higher ground quickly.

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