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Winds, rain in forecast this week

A fast-moving weather system could bring scattered showers and strong, gusty winds to the Sierra Nevada tonight through Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued a warning Tuesday about the system that was rapidly moving in from the Gulf of Alaska. Meteorologists predicted a chance of light precipitation over the region late Wednesday, followed by strong northern winds Thursday.

“Unfortunately, there’s not as much precipitation as we’d like to see,” said NWS meteorologist George Cline.

A few inches of snow is possible at higher elevations, according to the storm advisory. Less than an inch of snow could fall as low as 3,500 feet, Cline said.

A chance of rain is possible in Sonora after midnight Wednesday, according to the NWS forecast, with low temperatures between 34 and 44 degrees.

Thursday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the morning and afternoon before clearing up at night. Highs could reach 45 to 57 degrees.

Northeast mountain and canyon winds gusting up to 55 mph are also in the Sierra’s forecast for Thursday.


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