Funnel cloud spotted above Chowchilla; snow dusts Merced County's west side

This funnel cloud was spotted over Chowchilla on Friday.
This funnel cloud was spotted over Chowchilla on Friday. Photo submitted to ABC 30 by Amy Acree

A funnel cloud was seen above Chowchilla Friday, while residents of the San Joaquin Valley looking to the west found a dazzling white display of snow coating the coast range.

The snowfall was part of a storm system that moved through northern California and brought heavy rain to the Merced County area overnight.

The unstable weather is not over.

The National Weather Service expects scattered showers as a cold front moves through the region. Snow levels as low as 1,500 feet have triggered winter weather advisories for the Sierra foothills and Mother Lode region.

Isolated thunderstorms are also possible in the valley and into the foothills this afternoon. The thunderstorms may contain small hail, gusty winds and brief heavy rain, forecasters said.

A much stronger storm may bring hazardous weather to the region late Saturday into Sunday.

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