National Weather Service issues winter storm warning

A projected influx of snow is expected to start in the Sierra and Western Nevada region tonight through Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning remains in effect from 7 p.m. today through 4 p.m. Friday.

“Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches with 10 to 20 inches in the Sierra Valley. Expect 2 to 4 feet in western Lassen County, Yuba Pass, and the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph leading to whiteout conditions at times,” according to the National Weather Service Reno winter storm warning.

“Avoid travel if possible, you could be stuck in your vehicle for many hours. If you must travel, prepare for long delays and carry an emergency kit with extra food, water and clothing. If you stay home, have a backup plan in case of power outages. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1,” the warning continued.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office also issued a statement sharing tips for flash flooding in burn scar areas and power outages.

The national weather service has issued a severe weather warning that could mean significant snowfall for our area. Many areas in our County were impacted by wildfires last summer and burn scars can increase risks of landslides and flash flooding. For information on burn scars and flash flooding, go to https://www.weather.gov/riw/burn_scar_flooding.

Power outages are common during weather events here in Lassen County. Preparing ahead of the storm is always a good idea. Here are a few suggested items to have on hand in preparation for inclement weather and possible power outages:

  • • Drinking water
    • Non-perishable food items
    • Cooking options for preparing food (or food that doesn’t require heating if you don’t have other options)
    • Alternate heat source (follow safety instructions regarding proper ventilation)
    • Flashlights and batteries
    • Fully charged charging station for electronic devices
    • Fuel for your vehicle and generator if you have one
    • Propane for lamps, heaters, and/or cook stoves
    • Matches or lighters for alternate heating sources or cook stoves
    • Ice chest/ice for storing food items

Don’t leave candles burning unattended. Many alternate power, heat, and cooking sources require proper venting when in use. Carefully read and follow all safety instructions. Make sure exhaust vents for heaters and cooking sources are clear of snow.

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