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Storms Bring Snow To Sierra, Rain To Reservoirs

Brandon Skinner / Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

March storms have brought several feet of new snow to the Sierra Nevada and have helped fill some California reservoirs. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows employee Andrew Smith (in costume) enjoys the fresh powder March 7, 2016, at Squaw Valley.

Brandon Skinner / Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

The Sierra Nevada snowpack is getting an added boost from weekend storms and California's largest reservoir, Shasta, is now at 75 percent of capacity and 99 percent of its historical average.
 
The statewide Sierra Nevada snowpack (Snow Water Equivalent) is 83 percent of normal and 79 percent of the April 1 average as of March 11.
 
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The National Weather Service in Sacramento says the next strong Pacific storm will move through California Sunday into Monday, bringing areas of moderate to heavy precipitation and strong gusty winds. Isolated afternoon thunderstorms are also possible.
 
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Along with gusty winds up to 55 mph in the Central Valley, the NWS says up to 1 foot of additional snow is possible in the Sierra Nevada above 4,000 feet, with 1-3 feet of new snow above 6,000 feet.
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Additional precipitation is forecast for the valley, foothills and mountains through Monday.
But dry and warm weather is expected for Tuesday through March 20.
 
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The NWS in Sacramento has issued several Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Northern California: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sto/
 
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