SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Two winter storms are on the way to Northern California.

The National Weather Service says precipitation is expected to start in the northern Sierra Nevada later Thursday afternoon eventually spread throughout the rest of Northern California by Friday.

Forecasters say to expect the heaviest precipitation and strongest winds Friday night into Saturday.

About .5-1.5 inches of rain is possible in the Central Valley, with 2-4 inches of rain expected in the high country.

Snow is expected to start falling on Sierra passes by Friday. More than two feet of snow is possible at higher elevations with this storm, forecasters say, while about 8-15 inches are possible above 6500 feet.

Drivers headed up the mountains should be ready for winter weather conditions.

Another system is expected to roll in on Sunday, but it’s timing and strength have not been detailed yet.



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