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Flash flood and winter storm warning issued for Mountain Area

Fresno River surges after rainfall in Oakhurst

The Fresno River in Oakhurst swells following a storm that dumped heavy rainfall in eastern Madera County in this 2017 file video.
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The Fresno River in Oakhurst swells following a storm that dumped heavy rainfall in eastern Madera County in this 2017 file video.

For the second time in two months, the Sierra Nevada could be facing some difficult weather conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the communities of Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Squaw Valley, Auberry, North Fork and Mariposa from Wednesday morning to Friday morning.

The NWS also announced a winter storm watch from Wednesday evening to Thursday night from Yosemite to Kings Canyon national parks and the Tulare County mountains including the communities of Camp Nelson, Giant Forest, Lodgepole and Johnsondale.

As with the rainfall in October, the NWS warns that areas in and around the Ferguson Fire burn area are especially at risk for flash flooding and falling debris.

The winter storm threatens the mountain community with snow and heavy winds. The weather service warns more than 2 feet of snow could accumulate in areas above 2,000 feet elevation and winds could reach as high as 60 mph.

The weather service advises that those traveling into the mountains consider alternate plans. It also recommends to always carry tire chains, extra food, water and clothing.

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