Button Down the Hatches

I just heard on the news that the winds will be back this weekend but, apparently not above 40 mph in our area.

From MyMotherlode.com:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Mother Lode and the Sierra Nevada from 4 PM Friday through 10 PM Monday.

A series of winter storms is expected during the warning period. The heaviest snow is expected late Friday evening into Saturday morning. There will be a break in the snow for most of the day Sunday. Heavy snow will return on Sunday afternoon and continue through Monday evening.

Weekend travel through the mountains is encouraged before Friday afternoon if possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Monday.

Snow levels will start around 6,000 to 7,000 feet Friday. This will drop to 4,000 through 5,000 feet on Saturday. Snow levels will range between 3,500 to 4,500 feet on Sunday. By Monday, the snow levels will range between 1,000 to 2,000 feet, with accumulating snow possible in the Mother Lode’s foothills.

For elevations above 2,500 feet, the total snow accumulations by Monday night will likely range from four to ten inches. Three to five feet of total snow accumulation is expected in the Sierra Nevada.

Wind gusts Friday night and early Saturday could top fifty mph. The gusty winds will combine with the snow to bring white-out conditions at times. Very strong winds could cause extensive damage to trees and power lines. Tree branches could fall as well.

From my favorite weather source:

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