The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 am through Monday, March 6th at 10:00 am. Heavy snow is expected on Saturday and into Sunday morning, with total snow accumulations of 4 to 18 inches down to 2000 ft. and winds gusting as high as 55 mph. Travel could be very difficult to impossible, with the potential for prolonged road closures. Blowing snow could cause white-out conditions at times. Downed trees and tree limbs with power outages are possible due to heavy snow and gusty winds.
With the current break in the weather, now is the time to get ready. Here are a few tips to prepare for the coming storm:
- Check in with neighbors, especially those without power or vehicle access. Do you have a car that can get you into town today? Offer to bring a neighbor along so they can stock up on food/pet food, medications, or supplies.
- Fuel up your personal vehicle and make sure you have fuel for your generator.
- Make sure you have groceries for 72 hours, including water, pet food, and nonperishables that will hold over several days.
- Identify a heat source for the next 72 hours. If you use a woodstove, bring your firewood in before the storm.
- Charge your cell phone, tablet, laptop, etc., and have flashlights ready in case of a power outage.
- Conserve your propane and help delivery drivers by keeping the path to your tank clear and accessible.
- Gather your analog entertainment sources, including books, magazines, puzzles, and games.
- Report downed trees or issues on County maintained roads at www.NevadaCountyCA.gov/ServiceRequest or by calling 530-265-1411.
- Report unmet needs to 211 Connecting Point at 1-833-DIAL211. Please only use 911 for emergencies.
- Find more tips on how to prepare from Ready Nevada County