Year ends wet and white

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By LENORE RUTHERFORD

Weekend storms dumped more than 2 feet of new snow on the high country, gave the foothills another soaking and cut power to more than 6,000 PG&E customers at one time or another.

"We have plenty of product (snow)," said Lance Vetesy, owner of Leland High Sierra Snow Play off Highway 108 in Tuolumne County. "In fact, we are pushing around more product than we need. Now we are ready for some sunshine."

However, more snow is on the way. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for tonight with the possibility of another foot or more of snow in the high country by Tuesday afternoon.

Snow is expected near 6,000 feet and should come down to 4,500 feet by Tuesday.

Dodge Ridge Winter Sports area off Highway 108 got 30 inches of new snow during the weekend, and has 55 to 76 inches on the ground.

Bear Valley got 20 to 22 inches of new snow, and has base depths ranging from 6.5 feet at the bottom to 10.5 feet at the top.

Sonora already has received almost double the amount of rain this month than in an average December 9.42 inches compared with the average of 5.15 inches.

The total precipitation in Sonora since the weather year began July 1 is 15.92 inches, compared with the average of 11.04 inches.

The storm kept PG&E crews running from one outage to another, spokesman Mark Hendrickson said.

"But generally, compared to the storms last week, we fared much better this time. None of the outages lasted too long."

Weekend power outages caused by high wind and downed PG&E wires, listed by community:

? In Columbia, 43 customers were without power from 5:05 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

? In Groveland, power was out for 105 customers from 3:45 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

? Jamestown had seven separate outages affecting 2,294 customers. The biggest outage affected 2,268 customers from 3:46 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

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