MOUNTAIN AREA — After a short break in the weather has given some a chance to mop up and plow out, rain and snow return to the region, as the National Weather Service issues a flood watch and warnings for the foothills and a two-day storm warning for the mountains above 5,000 feet.
Flash Flood Warning
A Flood Watch is in effect for the foothills of the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon and Tulare County Mountains, from 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 through 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. This includes the Mariposa, Madera, and Fresno County Foothills, the Tulare County Foothills, and the Kern County Mountains.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.
The Flood Watch reaches the towns of Bass Lake, Coarsegold, Fish Camp, Mariposa, North Fork, Oakhurst, Tuolumne Meadows, and Wawona, as well as Squaw Valley, Auberry, Springville, Three Rivers, Tehachapi, Lake Isabella, Devils Postpile, Florence Lake, Lake Thomas Edison, Camp Nelson, Giant Forest, Lodgepole, Grant Grove, and Johnsondale.
Light to moderate rain will begin this evening, Tuesday, Feb. 12. Heavy rain will hit the area Wednesday afternoon and persist through Thursday morning. Rain on top of snow will potentially create flooding concerns in the Southern Sierra Nevada below 5,000 feet.
Rivers and streams will rise on Wednesday as rain increases through the day. Street flooding and mudslides are also possible in foothill communities.
Monitor the latest forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Winter Storm Warning
The NWS has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon and Tulare County Mountains above 5,000 feet, beginning at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and in effect through 10 p.m. Thursday night, Feb. 14.
A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Heavy snow is possible above 5,000 feet. Total snow accumulations of up to 1 foot possible from 5,000 to 7,000 feet. 1 to 3 feet from 7,000 to 8,000 feet. Above 9,000 feet, between 3 to 5 feet with the possibility of up to 7 feet of snow expected. Winds could gust as high as 70 miles per hour above 9,000 feet.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts for the most up-to-date information.
Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions may impact the morning and evening commute. Very strong winds could cause cause extensive damage to trees and power lines.