A winter weather advisory is in effect for Plumas County from 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 until 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. A storm system will move into Northern California on Wednesday bringing heavy snow across the mountains of Western Plumas County and the Sierra Nevada by the evening. Snow levels start out near the higher pass levels Wednesday evening, decreasing by Thursday morning to around 4,000 to 5,000 feet. The heaviest snow is expected overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning above 5,500 feet with hazardous mountain travel anticipated during this time. If traveling in the mountains, carry chains, extra warm clothing and food, and be prepared for significant travel delays. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches across the higher passes are expected, with localized amounts up to 2 feet, are possible in western Plumas County/Lassen Park.
In the eastern part of the county, total snow accumulations of up to 3 inches along Highway 395 and in the Sierra Valley are expected. Three to six inches are anticipated for western Lassen County, and amounts near 12 inches for Yuba Pass and the Lakes Basin Recreation area.
Joe Blackwell of the Plumas County Public Roads Department warned residents in the Bucks Lake, Gold Lake and La Porte areas that due to the widespread storm, snowplows won’t be available and they should plan accordingly.