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PG&E, National Weather Service Monitoring Storm Conditions for Sierra

NWS Hanford graphic on Winter Storm WatchOAKHURST – Winter weather is making its way toward California and Eastern Madera County. Mountain community residents are urged to prepare for possible power outages and travel delays.

In a press release dated November 17th, PG&E announced they are “monitoring a mid-week potentially strong offshore wind event” that “could prompt a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for customers in Sierra Foothills, North Valley, and North Bay.”

When asked if the PSPS could include the Sierra Foothills in Eastern Madera County, PG&E Spokesperson Katie Allen said, “This will be fluid through the next three days… the decision on which counties are impacted will be made tonight.”

Allen echoed the sentiments of the PG&E press release with pledges of better communication during this event. Feedback from customers and agency partners regarding the October PSPS has been critical regarding the topic of communication. In the release, PG&E says their “notification system has been expanded and refined to reach more people, more reliably.”

The National Weather Service also issued a Winter Storm Watch on Sunday for “the cities of Devil’s Postpile, Florence Lake, Lake Thomas Edison, Tuolumne Meadows, Bass Lake, Fish Camp, Wawona, Shaver Lake, Camp Nelson, Giant Forest, Lodge Pole, Grant Grove, Johnsondale, Lake Isabella, Tehachapi, and Grapevine”.

The National Weather Service warns of heavy snow at higher elevations from late Tuesday night through Thursday afternoon.

The Winter Weather Message from NWS warns of accumulating snow which may cause travel delays and close roadways.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

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