Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 — The National Weather Service is forecasting a large winter storm due to arrive in our region Wednesday afternoon. This storm will bring strong winds through Thursday, the winds are predicted with sustained speeds of 40 to 50 with gusts of 60 to 70 miles per hour on the valley floor, and the 395 south corridor. These winds are predicted to last upward of 18 hours.
The precipitation forecast for the low elevations is 1 to 3 inches of rain, and a rain snow mix at the 6,000- to 7,500-foot elevations. Flooding is not expected due to the dry soils, some localized flooding may occur due to the volume of rain, and the drainage systems being compromised. With the winds and rain coupled with drought-stressed trees we can almost assure power outages in the region, which can last from a few hours to a few days.
The city of Susanville would like to take this opportunity to share some winter storm safety reminders, and precautionary measures:
1. With the approaching winds, if you live on or near a waterway or drainage, secure items that may be blown into the drainage system causing blockages that can lead to flooding items such as barbeques, tarps, yard furniture and decorations.
Windblown items can cause damage to property, persons or obstruct waterways and travel routes. Ash receptacles and burn piles should also be secured as a strong wind can revive small embers causing a fire.
2. Heavy precipitation/snow. Be prepared for some localized flooding, have snow removal equipment available, have your vehicle prepared full of gas or fuel and proper fitting tire chains.
3. Power outages. Although LMUD is not anticipating an outage with this storm you should always be prepared for extended power outages with provisions for heat, food, light, toiletries, travel (if necessary) and communications (radio tune to KSUE 1240 AM dial, or KOH 780 AM dial).
4. Prepare your home and family to be self-sufficient for 72 hours.
5. Remember when these storms affect our region they also affect the vital services of the community like police, fire and street crews. Although the city provides sufficient swing, these crews can quickly become overwhelmed with service calls and emergencies, some delays may be experienced. Help by being prepared and only requesting service if it is an emergency.
6. The National Weather Service Reno website is wrh.noaa.gov.
The LMUD website is lmud.org, you may receive text updates by
texting LMUD to 95577.