2015-01-29 / Front Page

Significant precipitation may soon arrive

Snow cover was thin in the Sierra high country in mid-January, as this photo taken in the Tuolumne Meadows area proved. (NPS | CONTRIBUTED)Snow cover was thin in the Sierra high country in mid-January, as this photo taken in the Tuolumne Meadows area proved. (NPS | CONTRIBUTED)Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 - 3:45 p.m. - Multiple inches of rain, and some feet of snow, could hit the county as two atmospheric river systems arrive through early next week.

As usual, forecast details vary. One computer-generated forecast map released via the National Weather Service's Sacramento office Twitter feed saw between three and five inches of water falling over the county through next Tuesday. Another map suggested storm totals in the two-inch range.

On the snowfall front, one forecast saw snow levels starting as low as 6,000 feet. Another forecast prognosticated initial snow levels near 7,500 feet, and rising from there through the weekend.

High relative snow levels could produce flash flooding in county burn zones, another forecast said.

As of today's forecast, most snow appeared likely to miss the county's Badger Pass ski area. The facility has been closed since Jan. 19 due to a lack of snow.


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