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It’s ramping up to be a major weekend of precipitation across California as one of the biggest storms of the season makes its way south, with heavy snow blanketing the Sierra Nevada on Saturday and rain expected overnight in Los Angeles.
The Bay Area woke Saturday to flood advisories in low-lying areas of Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties, as well as warnings of wind gusts up to 55 mph in some areas. A flash flood watch was also issued for the Colorado, Dolan and River burn areas in Monterey County.
In the mountains, over Interstate 80 and along Donner Pass toward Lake Tahoe, the storm was expected to intensify late Saturday afternoon and into Sunday, forecasters said, with 2 to 4 more feet of snow expected near Soda Springs and the Sugar Bowl Resort, which reported 65 inches of packed power on its summit Saturday morning.
“A significant winter storm will bring EXTREMELY dangerous mountain travel this weekend,” the National Weather Service in Sacramento tweeted. “Conditions are rapidly deteriorating as heavy snow continues to fall, combined with strong, gusty winds. MOUNTAIN TRAVEL IS HIGHLY DISCOURAGED!”
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