The National Weather Service is forecasting several large winter storms to impact Madera County this weekend. Snow is expected to reach as low as 1500-2000 feet, and rain is projected from Friday through next week.
The Madera County Office of Emergency Services encourages local residents to begin preparing for the upcoming storm now. Current power outages are expected to be restored by Friday night, but additional outages may be imminent depending on the severity of the storm.
Recreational travel is strongly discouraged during this time. Roads will be wet and conditions may be hazardous. Most of the Sierra National Forest will be under snow. Please stay home and if you must travel, exercise extreme caution and be prepared with proper safety equipment, including chains.
Remember to STOP in hazardous conditions:
🛑 S – STAY: If your vehicle gets stuck, your best option is to stay with your vehicle. Don’t leave your vehicle or other members of your group. Your chances of being found quickly increase if you stay together and with your car.
🛑 T – TURN AROUND…BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE: If snow starts covering the roadway, it might be time to turn back.
🛑 O – OWNERSHIP: You are responsible for your own safety and rescue is never a guarantee.
🛑 P – PREPARE AND TRAIN: Bring the gear you need and know how to use it before you travel.
For detailed weather forecasts, please visit https://www.weather.gov/hnx/