MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—The National Weather Service Hanford Office is predicting multiple rain and snow producing winter storms will impact our communities this week. They ae warning residents to expect strong wind gusts and winter weather, including up to 3 feet of snow accumulations at the lower elevations. As always, Sierra News Online will be here monitoring and reporting on these storms’ impacts, including road conditions, traffic hazards, power outages and school closures.
A Wind Advisory is in effect for the San Joaquin Valley and Coastal Range from 1 PM PST Tuesday afternoon until 7 AM PST Wednesday morning. Travel will be difficult, particularly for high profile vehicles, such as campers and tractor trailers. Highways affected include, but are not limited to, Interstate 5, Highway 99, Highway 198, Highway 180, Highway 33, Highway 41, Highway 43, and Highway 152. Here are projected wind gusts valid at 6 PM PST Tuesday, February 21st, 2023.
The first in a series of cold storm systems this week will impact Central California Tuesday night into Thursday evening, resulting in low elevation snow and a chance of rain in the San Joaquin Valley. Snow levels will start at around 5,000 feet Tuesday night, before dropping to about 1,000 feet Wednesday. The majority of this precipitation will fall Wednesday afternoon into Thursday evening.
The second in a series of cold storm systems this week will impact Central California Thursday evening into Saturday morning, resulting in low elevation snow and a chance of rain in the San Joaquin Valley. Snow levels will be as low as 1,000 feet. The majority of this precipitation will fall Thursday night through Friday evening.