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NWS Weather Bulletin: Strong Winds and Heavy Snow Possible Tonight

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Lassen and portions of Plumas and Sierra Counties tonight, warning that our area could see strong, gusty winds and heavy snow down to the valley floor.

Heavy snow is possible from late tonight through Thursday afternoon, according to forecasters, with total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches around Susanville, and 6 to 14 inches in the higher terrain west of Susanville. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph.

Travel could be very difficult tomorrow morning with periods of very low visibility in snow and blowing snow. Strong winds could cause tree damage and spark power outages.

Now is the time to prepare an emergency kit for your home and car. If traveling consider alternate plans, remember to carry tire chains, extra food, water and clothing. Once the storm arrives, travel may be difficult or impossible for an extended period of time.

The National Weather Service has also issued a wind warning for southerly winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts 50 to 60 mph. These winds will begin this afternoon in advance of the storm.

Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

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