Sierra National Forest Expects Heavy Winter Storm

FILE – Huntington Lake. Photo: FOX26

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KMJ/FOX26) — Heavy winter weather is expected for the Sierra National Forest (SNF) Sunday, October 24 into Monday, October 25.

The storm should bring much needed rainfall to the valley and snow to the Southern Sierra.

Even though this precipitation is very welcome, there are some hazards that will come with the storm.

The storm is being considered a level 3 storm, meaning possible flying debris and localized flooding.

Mid-morning on Monday is being considered the most likely time for potential floods.

Strong winds, snow, and rain can cause trees to fall and impact roadways, parking areas, and camping spots.

The SNF encourages residents and visitors to exercise caution when traveling through the forest.

The SNF has released the following tips for visitors:

  • Keep informed on the latest weather conditions, particularly predictions of rain, strong winds, and heavy snow; consider postponing your trip until conditions have improved.
  • Be aware that trees can fall behind you potentially blocking your exit route; research alternate routes that are available.
  • Let family/friends know your travel plans and expected return time; cell phone coverage is limited across the Forest.
  • Carry snow/ice chains as they may be needed.
  • Pack a winter survival kit with water, food, blankets, and a collapsible shovel.

By Lara Collins/ KMPH/ FOX 26