MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Southern Sierra Nevada as a fast-moving weather system is poised to bring rain to the foothills and 4 to 8 inches of snow to elevations as low as 4,000 feet.
The NWS advisory is in effect from 3 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday.
Light rain was beginning to fall on Deadwood as well as in and around the North Fork and Bass Lake communities around 4 p.m. as the storm tracked in a northerly direction out of Fresno and Tulare counties.
Caltrans has snowplows positioned and at the ready at higher elevations as the rain is expected to turn to snow later this evening.
On Highway 41, chains are required on all vehicles except 4WD from 3.5 miles north of Big Ceder Springs in Madera County to one-half mile south of Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County.
No traffic restrictions are currently being reported on Highway 49.
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