Wind, more snow forecast for Sierra | SierraSun.com

Wind, more snow forecast for Sierra

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Another high-powered storm is expected to bring heavy rain and snow to the region this weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch and a winter storm watch lasting through the weekend.

Forecasters say gusts will be above 50 mph for nearly a 24-hour period starting Saturday afternoon, peaking as high as 70 mph. The Sacramento Valley could see as much as two inches of rain by Sunday night, while Sierra Nevada passes could get more than two feet of snow.

Elyssa Lynn, a senior meteorologist at the state Department of Water Resources, says there is also a possibility of extended power outages like those during storms in early January.

A gale warning also is in effect along much of the Northern California coast.