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Wet Weather Hits Central Coast

The Central Coast is bracing for a wet day on Friday.
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The Central Coast is bracing for a wet day on Friday.

Light showers from a cold front making its way through the region were expected to fall starting at noon and tapper off at about 6 p.m., KSBW meteorologist Lee Solomon said.

Th storm, however, was not expected to bring any heavy rainfall that the area witnessed during the early part of last month.

After passing through the area, the cold front is expected to dump more than 1 foot of snow in the Sierra starting today.

Because of the snowfall, Heavenly on Tahoe's south shore will open today, while Squaw Valley USA and Northstar-at-Tahoe just north of Tahoe will open tomorrow.

Boreal atop Donner Summit kicked off the season Oct. 9, and Mt. Rose Ski-Tahoe southwest of Reno opened Oct. 30.

The resorts will be open daily with limited operations until they receive more snow.

Snow levels will be starting around 6,000 feet, then dropping closer to 4,000 by this evening. A dusting of snow is possible as low as 3,000 feet overnight.

Wind gusts could top 50 mph in the Sierra, and travel might be difficult in the area through Friday evening.

"The first really big storm of the ski season is always a welcome sight," North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Tourism Director Andy Chapman said in a statement. "It absolutely gets people excited, and when visitors are excited they start booking."

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