Old Man Winter visited Quincy residents Mike and Keri Taborski Tuesday, Dec. 28 when the Taborskis discovered a tree had fallen across their driveway. Thankfully, the tree did not fall on their house. Northeastern California residents beware — more winter weather — snow and frigid temperatures — is expected to arrive this evening and continue through the New Year’s Eve holiday weekend.

National Weather Service issues Special Weather Statement

I’m sure everyone in Lassen County knows winter has arrived. Now they should know more severe winter weather already is on the way — more snow and frigid single-digit temperatures.

According to a Wednesday, Dec. 29 statement from the National Weather Service, snow showers continue with icy roads developing this evening, then cold into the new year.

Bands of snow showers will continue through this evening, producing additional travel impacts and delays, primarily in the 

Sierra … (some) areas that received snow during the day are at risk of having roads becoming icy and hazardous near and after sunset. Narrow bands of enhanced snowfall will produce rapid drops in visibility as well, especially for parts of Highway 580 between Reno and Carson City and for Geiger Grade into Virginia City. 

The coldest air in nearly five years is set to arrive for the end of the week into the New Year`s weekend, with frigid temperatures most likely Saturday and Sunday mornings. Forecast lows are in the single digits …  and well below zero in Sierra communities. 

Vulnerable and homeless populations could be significantly impacted. People traveling to the Sierra ski areas should prepare for very cold wind chills. New Year`s Eve at this point looks dry but quite chilly for outdoor activities, with wind chills ranging from near zero to 15 degrees above zero by midnight.

Here’s a view of the fallen tree from inside the Taborski’s garage. Photos by Mike Taborski