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Winter Storm Warning Starts At Noon Sunday

Hanford Dec 12MOUNTAIN AREA – The National Weather Service in Hanford is confirming more wet weather as a Winter Storm Warning has been issued from noon on Sunday, Dec. 13, through noon on Monday, Dec. 14, for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite National Park to Kings Canyon. Several inches of snow is expected, with localized amounts up to 14 inches in the higher elevations of the Yosemite area. This Winter Storm Warning replaces the earlier Winter Storm Watch.

Travel could be difficult due to snowpacked and icy roads, along with dangerous wind chills. A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions including significant amounts of snow that will make travel dangerous, according to the National Weather Service. They recommend those who must travel carry an extra flashlight, food, and water in the vehicle in case of emergency. Keep sufficient fuel in the tank.

As of now the chance of rain in Oakhurst on Sunday is 100 percent, with the chance to be heavy at times. One half to one quarter of an inch of rain is possible in town, where the high temperature is predicted to be near 50 degrees.

On Sunday night, the chance for heavy rain continues mainly before 10 p.m. in Oakhurst, with a low around 27 degrees.

Gusty winds will also accompany this system, with gusts to around 55 mph expected at elevations above 4000 feet. Up to an inch of snow at the Grapevine and the Tehachapi Passes could affect travel conditions on these important arteries. Be aware of road chain restrictions and the possibility for road closures during the event.

Monday morning is predicted to be sunny, with a high temp around 43 degrees.

For road conditions/closures call Caltrans at 1-800-427-7623.

US National Weather Service, Hanford

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