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National Weather Service outlines changes to winter weather alert system
December 18 2017, 02:41 | Irvin Gilbert
Quiet Weather for Now
A Winter Storm Warning will go into effect 10 a.m. on Wednesday and last until 4 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Rainfall amounts will range from one-half to one-and-a-half inches in the Central Valley, and two to five inches over the Sierra Nevada.
This Pacific storm will tap into subtropical moisture and bring periods of moderate to heavy snow above 6,000 feet along with strong gusty winds.
Issued for the potential of a significant winter weather event (heavy snow, sleet, ice, or blowing snow).
Rain and snow is expected to continue to fall Thursday, with a snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible, the weather service reports.
The snow/rain will be buffeted by a south wind 15 mph to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph forecast.
Motorists planning travel into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada during this time frame should be prepared for hazardous winter driving conditions.
Washington state is bracing for a second storm, one day after damaging winds and heavy rain battered the western part of the state, leaving one woman dead and at least five people injured. Plan on hard travel conditions, including during the evening commute. If you must travel, prepare for long delays and carry an emergency kit with extra food, water and clothing. The safest place during a winter storm is indoors.