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Large Storms Expected To Add Up To Four Feet In California’s Sierra Nevada This Week

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Snow falls as John King of the Department of Water Resources, crosses a meadow while conducting the third manual snow survey of the season at the Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Two wet and cold storms will visit a large portion of California this week. They are expected to add quite a bit of snow to the already well-above-average snowpack.

The first storm will move over Northern California beginning Monday through Tuesday and could drop a quarter-of-an-inch of rain at low elevations and up to a foot of snow in the mountains.

But the second storm, arriving Tuesday night, could triple that outcome.

That'll add to the snowpack by Thursday, says Brendon Rubin-Oster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

"There hasn't been significant melting. So, we haven't lost too much of our snowpack. So, this will add an additional two or three feet unto the snowpack and welcomed by all the ski resorts,” Rubin-Oster said.

He says all that rain and snow will make traveling through mountain passes difficult, especially in the Lake Tahoe area. High winds and flooding are also expected during the brunt of the storm. The impacts of the weather events may be seen as far south as Santa Barbara.

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