Travelers — beware of winter weather, especially at higher elevations

Are you wishing for a white Christmas in Susanville this year? Well, your wish just might come true. According to AccuWeather, a series of Pacific winter storms will bring periods of stormy weather to much of California and Nevada this week — especially in the higher elevations in mountainous areas.

AccuWeather reports there will be few, if any, meaningful breaks in the weather for the Sierra once the storms begin on Tuesday, and “travel could be slow through Wednesday before becoming very difficult to impossible through the remainder of the holiday weekend … Now is the time to prepare an emergency kit for your home and car. If traveling, consider alternate plans, (and) remember to carry tire chains, extra food, water and clothing. Once the major storm arrives Wednesday night, travel may be difficult or impossible for an extended period of time … Consider alternate routes or adjusting plans if you are traveling for the holidays. This is especially true if you’re heading into or out of any Sierra locations, where chain controls, long delays and potential road closures may occur.”

Areas above 6,500 feet should expect “significant snowfall” and “major traffic delays.”

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday afternoon, and snow accumulations west of Highway 395 above 5,000 feet could be as much as 2 to 5 feet.

Monitor the latest weather forecast (weather.gov/reno) and check road conditions routinely ((800) 427-7623 for California and 511 for Nevada).