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A snowplow clears Highway 41 on Deadwood Thursday afternoon (photo courtesy Sierra Tel)

Winter Storm Blankets Mountain Area with Snow

OAKHURST — A powerful winter storm moved into the mountain area Thursday, with heavy rain turning to snow by mid-afternoon.

Snowfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches were forecast for areas above 4,000 feet.

Caltrans had multiple snow plows operating between Coarsegold and Yosemite National Park.

CHP reported a handful of accidents as cars slid into each other and off the slick roads in and around Oakhurst, especially on Road 426.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Hanford has a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 4 a.m. Thursday morning, when the fast-moving storm is expected to clear the area.

Forecasters say the majority of snow will fall between Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening.

“If you must travel, remember to carry tire chains, plenty of food, a good deal of water, and warm clothing in your vehicle,” the NWS advises in the warning.

To get the latest road conditions, motorists can call 5 1 1.

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