The region is bracing itself against this arctic storm that has closed highways and schools and caused multiple spinouts. The California Highway Patrol says to stay off the roads at all costs; mountain travel is highly discouraged, and do not travel if you do not have to. SR-36 is CLOSED from SR-89/SR36 Junction just west of Chester to Paynes Creek. Use highway 44 to get to the I-5 corridor. SR-32 remains CLOSED from SR-36 to Butte Meadows. And 70 miles of I-80 are closed due to blizzard conditions from The Nevada Stateline to Colfax.
Over the last 24 hours, over a foot of snow has fallen in the Lassen Volcanic park; with Chester and Quincy receiving the brunt of this storm, Susanville remains blanketed in snow, topping off with another up to 4 inches.
A break in the weather is expected tomorrow. Still, forecasters say it will be brief as it tapers off Saturday evening with the second wave moving faster than expected, with snowfall to return early Sunday morning. The National weather service says, “March is marching in like a lion with the storm door wide open.”