MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued Winter Storm Warning for eastern Madera County.
The warning is in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday morning as a fast-moving weather system is expected to bring significant accumulations of rain and snow to the area.
By mid-afternoon Monday, rain was turning to snow on the Deadwood stretch of Highway 41 above Oakhurst.
Total snowfall accumulations of of 1 to 3 feet are anticipated at elevations above 5,000 feet, according to the NWS.
Six to 12 inches of snow is predicted for areas between 3,000 and 5,000 feet.
The majority of snow is expected to fall Monday afternoon and evening.
Wind gusts as strong as 60 mph are expected on exposed ridge top and near mountain crests. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches or uproot trees.
“Travel will be extremely difficult or nearly impossible” during the peak of the storm, according to the NWS storm warning. “Road closures and travel delays are likely.”