Western Plumas County/Lassen Park Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 5:46 AM PDT on October 24, 2014

...Strong winds in the Sacramento Valley and over the higher Sierra on Saturday with light snowfall at pass levels...

An early season Pacific frontal system will be moving into northern California late tonight and Saturday. Although this system is not expected to produce significant amounts of precipitation...it will produce a period of fairly strong winds from mid day Saturday through early Saturday evening. In the northern and central Sacramento Valley winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph are forecast. Over the higher Sierra...some areas could see winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph Saturday afternoon and night.

As the main frontal system passes Saturday night...snow levels will be dropping and could get down to the major pass levels by Sunday morning. As a result...the major Sierra passes could see an inch or two of snowfall around the 6500 to 7000 foot snow level. Even this light amount of snowfall could cause travel issues if not prepared. If traveling through the Sierra late Saturday night or Sunday morning...carry tire chains and be prepared for travel delays.