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National Weather Services issues Winter Storm Warning

Issued by The National Weather Service
Sacramento, CA
4:32 am PST, Thu., Feb. 4, 2010

... WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM PST FRIDAY... ... WINTER STORM WATCH NO LONGER IN EFFECT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM PST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW ARE EXPECTED OVER THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHASTA COUNTY ALONG WITH THE WEST SLOPE OF THE SIERRA NEVADA THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY. SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS FROM 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE BURNEY BASIN... AND AT 4000 TO 5000 FEET OVER THE SIERRA NEVADA... AND AROUND A FOOT OR MORE OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE SIERRA NEVADA BY FRIDAY EVENING.

IN ADDITION TO THE SNOW... LOCALLY GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS TO AROUND 50 MPH MAY CAUSE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW OVER HIGHER TERRAIN THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING.

A SECOND STORM WAVE IS FORECAST TO BRING ANOTHER ROUND OF MOUNTAIN SNOW FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY. SNOW LEVELS MAY BE A LITTLE LOWER WITH THIS SECOND STORM. SNOW ESTIMATES FOR THIS SECOND WAVE AVERAGE AROUND 7 TO 10 INCHES BETWEEN 3000 TO 7000 FEET WITH AROUND A FOOT NEAR RIDGETOPS.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS DUE TO SLICK ROADS AND POOR VISIBILITIES. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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... WINTER STORMS WILL AFFECT INTERIOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE THIS WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND...

.A PACIFIC STORM WILL AFFECT THE REGION BEGINNING LATE THURSDAY AND CONTINUING INTO FRIDAY. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A SECOND STORM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY. SNOW LEVELS WILL GENERALLY RANGE FROM AROUND 3500 TO 4000 FEET NORTH OF REDDING TO AROUND 5000 FEET IN THE SIERRA NEVADA. UP TO 2 FEET OF NEW SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA BY SATURDAY.


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