Thursday brought a classic winter day to the Valley floor. Sunshine, temperatures in the mid-50s, little to no wind.

But rain likely will return Friday and continue through Sunday.

Up in the Sierra, it was a different story, as snow continued falling Thursday. Calling it a “winter wonderland” doesn’t quite do the scenery justice.

In addition, the National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Winter Storm Watch advisory for the Sierra from Yosemite to the Kern County line. The advisory will go into effect at 4 p.m. Friday and expire at 4 a.m. Monday morning.

Click on the video above to see the snow accumulation along Highway 168.

Photo of Winter Storm Advisory from the NWS Hanford

GV Wire’s Jamie Ouverson gassed up her 4×4, packed her video gear and drove to the Shaver Lake area Thursday morning. Here are a time-lapse video and more photos.

Winter Time-Lapse

Snow, Snow, and More Snow

A photo of snow covering the road into Shaver Lake

Snow covers the road between the top of the four-lane and Shaver Lake. (GV Wire Photo/Jamie Ouverson)

 

Photo of snow in Shaver Lake area

A reminder to bring chains if you’re driving to the Sierra. (GV Wire Photo/Jamie Ouverson)

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