MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service (NWS) in Hanford has canceled a Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Nevada and issued a Winter Weather Advisory in its place. The Wind Advisory for the foothills remains in place.
Storm Warning canceled, Winter Weather Advisory in place
The NWS has replaced the warning with a Winter Weather Advisory for snow, in effect above 5,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon, from 1 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Snow is expected above 7,000 feet with total snow accumulations of 8 – 14 inches expected. Winds may gust as high as 50 miles per hour.
Travel could be very difficult with hazardous conditions that could impact the mornings or evening commute. Very strong winds could cause extensive tree damage.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow-covered roads and limited visbilities, and use caution while driving.
The NWS has issued a Wind Advisory for the Mariposa, Madera and Fresno County foothills, including the towns of Ahwahnee, Coarsegold, Mariposa, North Fork, Oakhurst, O’Neals, and Raymond, as well as Fresno, along with the West Central West Central San Joaquin Valley, and the East Central San Joaquin Valley. The advisory is in effect from 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 through 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
This Wind Advisory indicates that wind gusts southeast to south of 20 to 25 miles per hour are expected, with the potential for gusts up to 40 miles per hour. Wind gusts this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs may be blow down, says the NWS, and a few power outages are possible.