MOUNTAIN AREA — We’ll have some rain in the foothills and snow in the higher country around Christmastime, as a storm moves into the area by Monday afternoon and grows stronger into the night.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from Yosemite National Park to Kings Canyon from 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25. The advisory includes higher elevations, as well as Bass Lake, Fish Camp, Wawona, and Yosemite.
Snow is expected above 6,000 feet, with total accumulations of 6 to 12 inches and winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour. Travelers should plan on slippery road conditions which will impact travel. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
Yosemite National Park is open and gateway communities along the corridors are open and ready for winter business.
In the foothills, some rain is anticipated after 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, with the heaviest precipitation occurring overnight. By Tuesday, Dec. 25, the forecast calls for a chance of showers early followed by a partly sunny Christmas day..
If you’re traveling north on Highway 41 toward Yosemite, make sure you’ve got snow chains — rain and some snow are expected in Fish Camp.
By Wednesday, the forecast for the Central Sierra including Yosemite and the foothills is mostly sunny. Have a safe and merry Christmas!
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