CENTRAL SIERRA — A winter storm warning is in effect for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to the Kern County line, from 4 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, until 4 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.
The warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for areas above 7,000 feet.
Heavy snow and blowing snow are expected, with accumulations of 12 to 20 inches above 7,000 feet.
Heavy snow will make many roads impassable and may produce widespread power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines. Strong winds may lead to blowing snow, reduced visibility, and additional power outages.
Winds will be southwest at 10 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph.
Severe weather conditions are expected or occurring at this time, making travel dangerous. The National Weather Service advises only travel in the event of an emergency. If you must be out on the roads, keep an extra flashlight, food and water, and a fully charged cell phone in your vehicle in the event of an emergency, plus a full tank of gas in case you become stranded.