Blizzard Warning Released by The National Weather Service for Western Plumas County/Lassen Park

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a blizzard warning for Western Plumas County/Lassen Park starting on 1/16/2019 4:00:00 PM. NWS estimates this event is ‘likely’ to happen and the event is categorized as ‘extreme.’

The best action to take according to The National Weather Service is to prepare for the event. A Winter Storm Warning for snow means there will be snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Travel is not recommended while the warning is in effect. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Read the full alert from The National Weather Service

A pair of weather systems will move through the region spreading heavy snowfall accumulations to the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. The system arriving today will produce several feet of snowfall accompanied by high winds leading to blizzard/whiteout conditions across the higher mountain passes. Travel will be dangerous to nearly impossible, and is strongly discouraged.

  • WHAT: Heavy snow above 5500 feet. Blizzard conditions expected
    above 6500 feet later today through Thursday morning. Travel
    will be very difficult to impossible. Damage to trees and power
    lines is possible. Snowfall accumulations of 2 to 4 feet likely
    above 5500 feet with local accumulations up to 6 feet over the
    peaks.
  • WHERE: Lassen Volcanic National Park and higher elevations of
    Western Plumas County.
  • WHEN: For the Winter Storm Warning, until 4 AM Friday. For
    the Blizzard Warning, 4 PM today to noon Thursday.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Be prepared for significant reductions in
    visibility at times. Winds gusting as high as 60 mph or higher will
    cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting
    of the snow is likely.