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Winter storm warning posted for Sierra

A winter storm warning has been issued for the Sierra Nevada from 11 p.m. today to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Rain and high-elevation snow over the Sierra from Yosemite National Park to Kings Canyon National Park will begin late this evening and become heavy at times on Saturday, said the National Weather Service in Hanford.

Snow will start falling around 12,000 feet, but will drop to about 8,000 feet Saturday morning and to 7,000 feet Saturday afternoon as cooler air arrives in the area. The storm could bring as much as a foot of snow at 12,000 feet and 6 inches at 8,000 feet.

The storm also will bring strong winds, gusting up to 60 mph in the high country.

Sierra travelers should be prepared for wintry conditions and carry chains, the weather service said. Hikers should cancel plans to venture into the high Sierra this weekend.