Winter Storm Expected to Dump 2 to 4 Feet of Snow on Sierra Nevada

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With rain and heavy winds expected to sweep across Southern California, the Sierra Nevada is getting pounded by a winter storm late this week.

Snow falls at Mammoth Mountain on Dec. 15, 2016. (Credit: Mammoth Mountain)

Snow falls at Mammoth Mountain on Dec. 15, 2016. (Credit: Mammoth Mountain)

Two to four feet of snow are expected at elevations over 8,000 feet from north of Yosemite National Park down into Kern County.

On Thursday, snow was falling at Mammoth Mountain, where a representative for the resort said skiers and snowboarders could expect “some impressive totals” by Friday morning. By noon, 5 to 7 inches had already fallen on the mountain.

Isolated locations of the mountain range could see 6 feet of snow, the National Weather Service said.

With the winter storm moving through, the Mono County Tourism board posted video on Facebook of ice washing up noisily on the shore of Lundy Lake, about 30 miles north of Mammoth Lakes.

In Southern California, the Grapevine could see snow, and snow levels could down to 3,500 feet by Friday night.