CENTRAL SIERRA — A winter storm warning remains in effect for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon – Tulare County Mountains, until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21. 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 20 to 40 inches from Kings Canyon north to Yosemite National Park above 8000 feet. 10 to 20 inches are expected from the Tulare and Kern County border north to Kings Canyon above 8000 feet. 8 to 18 inches between 7000 and 8000 feet from Kings Canyon north to Yosemite National Park, while lighter amounts are anticipated south.
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 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 70 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.