Home » Community » Wind and Rain and Snow, Oh My!
An atmospheric river event is headed our way. Read more about it and where to get sandbags below.

Wind and Rain and Snow, Oh My!

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIESThe National Weather Service Hanford Office is predicting record high temperatures today for some San Joaquin Valley locations. This will be followed by an impactful atmospheric river bringing heavy precipitation to Central California Wednesday evening through Friday. The majority of this precipitation will fall Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The snow level will start at around 6,000 feet Wednesday evening, before dropping to about 5,000 feet Thursday evening. Excessive rainfall in the Sierra Nevada below 5,000 feet and adjacent foothills may cause flooding and mudslides.


A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for the Sierra Nevada above 5,000 feet from 11 PM PST Wednesday evening until 4 PM PST Friday afternoon. The majority of this snow will fall Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Winds may gust as high as 50 mph on exposed ridgetops and along the crest. Travel could be extremely difficult or nearly impossible. As a result, travel is not advised.


There is a greater than 70% chance for snow totals to reach 12 inches or more above  7,000 feet from Thursday through Friday. Total snow accumulations by Saturday may be as high as 36 inches.


Next Week

Medium range models show another trough is expected to form off the west coast of the CONUS over the weekend, bringing  in more rain and snow for the area. This system is also expected to be colder than the last, with snow levels down to 4,000  feet.


Sandbag Locations


Emergency sand and sand bags are available for Madera County residents- see attached list. At all locations, you must provide proof of residence and bring your own shovels. The County provides 10 bags per resident. If you need additional sand bags, you may purchase them at a local hardware store. Please note- some locations do not have sandbags. Consult the attached list to verify where sand bags are available. If anyone needs assistance, please contact us at (559) 675-7770 and we will coordinate resources for you.
Supplies are available on a first come, first served basis.




Sandbags available at the following locations:

  • Mormon Bar fire station across from the fairgrounds
  • Don Pedro / LaGrange County Fire station 24 9729 Merced Falls Road La Grange
  • Catheys Valley Station 23 2820 Hwy 140 Cathey’s valley
  • Coulterville Station 26 10293 Ferry Rd Coulterville
Bags and sand on site for self-filling needs, you will need a shovel.


As always, Sierra News Online will be here monitoring and reporting on any hazardous situations including road conditions/closures, power outages, flooding, school closures, etc.

Leave a Reply

Sierra News Online

Sierra News Online