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Cold Winter Storm To Bring Snow To Sierra, Rain In Valley

Winter storm watches and advisories were expanded Thursday across nearly all of northern Nevada ahead of a cold front that's bearing down on the Sierra with the potential for heavy snowfall and damaging winds.

Meteorologist Eric Kurth with the National Weather Service in Sacramento says this storm is different than what we've seen so far this season.

"I think what's most notable about this one is it's a cool system," Kurth says, "So, we have had some pretty wet systems, but we haven't had very many good snow producers."

As much as two feet of snow is possible in the upper elevations around Lake Tahoe, where a winter storm warning is in place until 4 p.m. Friday.

A high-wind warning is in effect until ten o'clock Thursday for most of the Sierra's eastern front, including Reno and Carson City.

Kurth says to expect some decent rainfall totals in the Sacramento Valley, but the brunt of the storm will hit the Sierra.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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