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High winds whipped the Sierra on Sunday as an atmospheric river bringing rain and snow moved through Northern California.

The most impressive gusts blew at 173 mph on a Squaw Valley summit and 175 mph atop a peak in Alpine Meadows.

These bursts were far stronger than the 110 mph winds that were forecast to be the record-breakers for the day.

What’s more, they would have been tornado had they been cyclonic and sustained.

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Source: SF Gate