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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2008 10:00 pm

A storm system is expected to move in late today and stay until Sunday evening with winds around 23 mph. According to the National Weather Service, the area is to receive up to one inch of rain during this storm. Sunshine is expected Monday but cloudy skies for the rest of the week. Highs and lows average around 53 for highs and 39 for lows.

Ski conditions

Snow levels (in inches) in the last 24 hours:

Sugar Bowl, 12-14

Boreal, 12-14

Kirkwood, 10-14

Alpine Meadows, 11

Sierra Tahoe, 13

All snow is expected to be powder and should provide for good skiing conditions.

Highway conditions

Currently, all roads are open. Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from Dew Drop to Ham's Station in Amador County on Highway 88. Also, chains or snow tires are required from Ham's Station to five miles west of Picketts Junction, according to the California Department of Transportation at http://www.dot.ca.gov.

Reservoirs

Camanche Lake is at 48 percent capacity and Pardee is at 89 percent. Currently, there is a release of 225 cubic feet per second.

Overall rainfall outlook

So far this season, the rainfall has been pretty good, there has been an above average precipitation level for the month of January. However, in order to maintain the positive levels of water, there must be solid rains throughout February and March. In the form of snowcap, there is 73 percent of the water needed before April 1, to avoid a drought during the dry season say Art Hirojosa, chief of hydrology, California Department of Water Resources and Shawn Smith a forecast with AccuWeather.

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