Winter storm warning begins today lasts through holiday weekend

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning impacting Plumas and Sierra counties from 1 p.m. today through 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. Periods of high wind, heavy rain and snow will impact the county. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 feet are expected at the highest elevations with wind gusts of up to 55 mph.

The storm rolls in this afternoon with significant impacts to travel expected Saturday. Motorists are asked to avoid travel if possible. Sunday and particularly, Monday, also are  expected to be perilous. Motorists are advised to have a flashlight, food, water and blankets in their car in case of an emergency.

Snow will move in early this afternoon with levels at 5,000 to 6,000 feet, falling to 3,500 to 4,500 feet on Saturday. Multiple rounds are anticipated.

But once we get through this series of storms lasting off and on through mid to late next week, forecasters are calling for better weather.

In the meantime, to quote a coworker  — “Buckle Up Buttercup”  — we are in for another round of dangerous weather.