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Weekend Winter Traffic Advisory

STOCOKTON—The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) wants to remind motorists to be prepared for heavy winter storms in the valley, foothills, and mountains beginning today into this weekend. According to the National Weather Service, moderate snow is forecast above 3,500 feet today (December 8) into early Friday. A stronger system is expected to bring Valley rain, heavy mountain snow, and ...

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Weekend Storm Could Pack A Punch

GATEWAY COMMUNITIES — Get ready for a big weather change again this weekend. For much of this week, we’ve been experiencing dry, cold, and foggy conditions, but that’s about to change. A very strong storm system is expected to impact Central California and The Sierra Nevada Saturday and Sunday. As always, Sierra News Online will be here monitoring and reporting ...

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Bass Lake Ranger District to Initiate Prescribed Burning

Image of firefighters putting out a fire in a forest.

NORTH FORK — Due to reduced fire activity throughout the state and across the country, Sierra National Forest fire crews have returned from their fire assignments, becoming available to support and manage local prescribed fire projects. Please see the attached maps for general locations. BASS LAKE PILE BURN VICINITY MAP – MADERA (PDF) BASS LAKE PILE BURN VICINITY MAP – ...

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More Rain Expected Over The Weekend

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–Blue skies, crisp air and snow capped mountains greeted many of us this morning after a winter storm made it’s way through our communities overnight. Now, The National Weather Service Hanford Office says we can expect even more rain and snow over the weekend. So, if you’re taking the family to enjoy the holiday activities we wrote about earlier ...

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December Begins With A Winter Storm

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—The National Weather Service Hanford Office has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Yosemite National Park and the surrounding communities. The watch begins Thursday, December 1st, 2022 at 1:00 am and concludes on Friday at 4:00 pm. Two weather systems are expected to affect much of the West Coast bringing significant rain and snow to our area. Winter Storm ...

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Major Storm System Arrives

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–A major storm system will impact Central California today into Wednesday morning. The majority of precipitation associated with this storm system will be confined to two periods, this morning into this afternoon and all day Tuesday. The National Weather Service Hanford Office is predicting up to 4 inches of rain and several inches to several feet of snow for ...

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New Storm Arrives Sunday

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—The National Weather Service Hanford Office is predicting a significant storm system will begin to make inroads from the north on Saturday evening with light precipitation spreading down to Yosemite National Park (YNP) and as far south as Fresno County through Sunday afternoon. Rainfall in the valley will generally only be a few hundredths to a tenth of an ...

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First Significant Storm On The Way

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–The National Weather Service Hanford Office is predicting the first significant storm of the season will impact Central California Tuesday through Thursday. Heavy snow is possible in the Sierra Nevada mainly north of the Kings River above 5,000 feet, especially Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday night. Snow levels will begin at around 7,000 feet on Tuesday , before falling to ...

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Cooler Temperatures And Rain Possible

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–Could it be that fall has finally arrived in our mountain communities?  The NWS Forecast Office Hanford, CA is predicting much cooler temperatures for the following 10 days starting tomorrow. There is also some indications that we might get some much needed rain! Dry weather and unseasonably warm temperatures will continue today due to high pressure over the area. ...

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Excessive Heat Warning Extended Through Friday

HANFORD—The National Weather Service Hanford Office has extended The Excessive Heat Warning for the San Joaquin Valley, Kern County desert, Sierra foothills, Yosemite Valley, Kern River Valley, and Coastal Range until 8 PM PDT Friday evening. An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot weather will occur. Heat related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat ...

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