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Winter Weather Advisory Issued for the Weekend

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – The National Weather Service, Hanford Office, has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our communities beginning today through Sunday. The advisory began at 5:53 AM PST Fri Mar 4 2022, for the following Mountain Communities – Mariposa-Madera Lower Sierra-Fresno-Tulare Lower Sierra-South End of the Lower Sierra-San Joaquin River Canyon-Piute Walker Basin-Including the cities of Bass Lake, Coarsegold, Fish ...

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End to Dry Spell in Sight

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Do you remember the last time we had any measurable rain or snow in our area? It was near the end of December. In fact, The National Weather Service Climate Data shows that the last time Fresno received any precipitation was December 29, 2021. For the past seven weeks, most of California has been experiencing a warm, ...

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Update from PG&E on Fire Risk

As More Cameras, Weather Stations and Grid Devices Were Installed, Re-engineered Circuit Settings Cut Ignitions. The Path Begins to Put 10,000 Miles of Powerlines Underground Mountain Communities — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reached major milestones in 2021 in reducing the risk of wildfires to improve the safety of the electric system. The safety work was a part of ...

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Wildfire Wednesday: Evacuation Plan – Part 1

This is the first in a series of articles SNO will be doing called “Wildfire Wednesday.” To begin, there will be 8 articles presenting “The 12 Step Guide to Help Plan in Advance for Evacuation.” This guide was put together by Katie Hepler and the members of the California Fire Support Group on Facebook. The California Fire Support Group is ...

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National Weather Service Issues High Wind Warning

Image of a tree fallen in the road after a storm.

HANFORD — The National Weather Service Hanford Office has issued a Wind Advisory and High Wind Warning for areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite National Park and the surrounding foothills beginning Friday morning and continuing until Saturday afternoon. This has people’s attention considering it was one year ago almost to the day that our communities experienced a highly destructive Mono Wind ...

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Local Hero’s Life Lost on Highway 41

OAKHURST — It was the day after Christmas 12-26-21, and our area had been receiving some much-needed snow. Families were very excited for the chance to play in the snow together, even though officials had been recommending against travel into the Sierra Nevada Mountains for the week leading up to Christmas, as we reported here. I had spent the day ...

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Storm Watch in the Mountains

We will continue to update conditions throughout the storm – stay safe! Traffic Hazard Alert | Traffic Hazard Road 222 and Road 274 in Bass Lake.  Multiple vehicles stuck in the snow. Google Map Traffic Hazard Alert | Traffic Hazard Highway 49 and Marshall Road (Mariposa County). Google Map Motor Vehicle Accident Alert | Motor vehicle accident Highway 41 and ...

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Winter Storms Lining Up for Christmas

Image of a snowflake Christmas tree ornament.

It’s the week before Christmas and some of you have been dreaming of a white Christmas, right? Looking back a couple of weeks, I mentioned that a white Christmas might be a possibility in an article I wrote. I can now say with a lot more certainty that you might get your wish. However, in my truest “hope for the ...

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Ring in the New Year with Fireworks at The Pines Resort

BASS LAKE– If you’re fixin’ to celebrate the entry of 2022 in style, the place to do it is The Pines Resort at Bass Lake.  There is plenty to choose from, for all ages. Whether noshing is your thing, to watching fireworks grace the Bass Lake night sky (possibly over a blanket of sparkling snow), it’s all happening at The ...

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Sequoia National Forest Road Closures

While not our local coverage area – holiday travel to the area will be impeded. PORTERVILLE – The Sequoia National Forest will begin seasonal Forest Service Road closures in the Western Divide Ranger and Kern River Ranger districts due to recent and forecasted snowfall. According to Forest Supervisor Teresa Benson, the roads are closed to provide public safety, maintain winter ...

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