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Want to See Snow? You Won’t Have to Travel Far in the Sierra

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A dusting of snow is making the Yosemite Valley even prettier Thursday morning. (yosemite.org/webcam screen capture)
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Snow levels could drop as low as 2,000 feet this weekend, which means you will only have to drive up to Auberry or Coarsegold to see some winter frosting.

A colder winter storm is scheduled to hit Central California on Saturday afternoon and continue through Sunday morning, bringing more snow to high elevations and a potential dusting to the foothills, Dan Harty, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Hanford, said Thursday.

Heavier snow will fall as low as 3,000 to 4,000 feet, with 6 inches to a foot of snow forecast from 4,000 to 6,000 feet and 12 to 18 inches of snow above 6,000 feet.

The National Weather Service has declared a winter storm watch, and drivers should prepare for some road closures as well as hazardous conditions. Needless to say, chains will be in order.

To keep an eye on snow and weather conditions in Yosemite National Park, check out these webcams for views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and the Badger Pass Ski Area.

Big Waves Pummel Coast

If you’re thinking of heading west for a little beach time, be prepared for some gnarly wave action. The coastline has been hammered in recent days by high waves that have resulted in flooding and beach closures.

Videos have captured people fleeing from monster waves that crested sea walls, swamping people and vehicles, and leaving a thick layer of sand on beach town streets.

Waves as high as 16 feet are in the forecast for the central coast, according to the National Weather Service. The source is a powerful storm in the Pacific that is pushing waves eastward.

Meanwhile, patchy and sometimes dense fog is making Thursday somewhat gloomy across Fresno, which should see partly sunny weather later in the day and a high of 51 degrees.

 

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Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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