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Whiteouts expected through Friday as storm continues to roll through mountains

MESMERIZING TIME-LAPSE VIDEO SHOWS SNOW ACCUMULATION IN FIRST ROUND OF SNOW

Snow has been piling up at Northstar ski resort over the past 24 hours as illustrated in this time-lapse video.Much more snow will fall all over the Sierra over the next few days.
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Snow has been piling up at Northstar ski resort over the past 24 hours as illustrated in this time-lapse video.Much more snow will fall all over the Sierra over the next few days.

Travel in the upper foothills and mountains is expected to be seriously affected Friday as a snowstorm blankets the Sierra Nevada.

Whiteout or near-whiteout conditions are predicted in the mountains until the National Weather Service’s winter storm warning expires at 11 p.m. Friday.

Homewood Mountain Resort and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows each reported 16 inches of snow Wednesday, bringing them up to 34 and 28 inches, respectively, since the first of two storms began Monday night. Kirkwood, Tahoe Donner and Sierra-at-Tahoe have reported 2 feet of so far this week.

Two to four more feet of snow are predicted on mountain through Saturday, and several inches will fall as low as 3,000 feet in the northern Sierra.

Rain is expected to continue into Saturday in the Sacramento region. Between midnight and 5 p.m., Thursday, downtown Sacramento received 0.23 inches of rain, boosting the season's total to 11.68 inches, which is 71 percent of normal, said Karl Swanberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

For the 24-hour-period ending at 5 p.m. Thursday, Folsom had received 0.86 inches of rain; Citrus Heights, 0.98 inches; Rocklin, 0.41 inches; Auburn, 0.64 inches; Sacramento Executive Airport, 0.39 inches; Elk Grove's Laguna area, 0.26 inches; Davis, 0.27 inches; and Woodland, 0.33 inches, Swanberg said.

As the storm continues Friday, downtown Sacramento can expect about quarter of an inch of rain, with an additional tenth of an inch on Saturday. Scattered thunder showers also are a possibility Friday afternoon, Swanberg said.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, begel@sacbee.com

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