CENTRAL SIERRA — A winter storm warning is now in effect for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon National Park, and the Tulare and Kings County mountains, until 8 p.m. this evening.
The warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for areas above 3,000 feet, but heavy snow is falling at lower elevations, causing accidents and downed trees and power lines across the Central Sierra.
Heavy snow and blowing snow are forecasted, with accumulations of 2 to 5 inches, with periods of isolated thunderstorms. Winds will be west 10 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph.
Severe weather conditions are expected or occurring at this time, making travel dangerous. The National Weather Service advises only travel in the event of an emergency. If you must be out on the roads, keep an extra flashlight, food and water, and a fully charged cell phone in your vehicle in the event of an emergency, plus a full tank of gas in case you become stranded.