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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Image makeover needed: In the soon-to-be-released grand jury report, the jurors said the county’s Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health departments are suffering from a poor public image.
  • Help at the jail: The Board of Supervisors approved the sheriff’s request to hire four corrections officers, but not before reminding him the county is facing a $3 million budget problem.
  • Water disaster?: The state has already enacted emergency conservation measures. The county is thinking about declaring a local disaster as well.

Yet another winter storm warning issued...

Issued by The National Weather Service
Sacramento, CA
3:37 am PST, Fri., Nov. 26, 2010

... WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 PM PST SATURDAY ABOVE 4000 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING ABOVE 4000 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 PM PST SATURDAY.

* TIMING: PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN AROUND MIDNIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE INTO SATURDAY EVENING AS A FRONT MOVES INTO THE AREA. PRECIPITATION WILL BECOME SHOWERY SATURDAY EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 4 TO 8 INCHES POSSIBLE AROUND 5000 FEET WITH 8 TO 16 INCHES POSSIBLE ABOVE 6500 FEET.

* ELEVATION: SNOW LEVELS WILL BEGIN AROUND 4000 FEET AND LOWER TO AROUND 3000 FEET ON SATURDAY. LOCALLY LOWER SNOW LEVELS ARE POSSIBLE WITH COLD AIR TRAPPED IN SOME OF THE MOUNTAIN VALLEYS.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: CHESTER... QUINCY

* WINDS: SOUTHWEST WINDS GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

* IMPACTS: TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES ARE POSSIBLE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY DUE TO SNOWFALL AND LOCALLY GUSTY WINDS.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.


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