Weekend Storm’s Timeline


Here’s what you can expect for the storm’s timeline through your weekend. The Reno national weather service says Peak precipitation rates, high winds, and the most significant impacts are expected into this afternoon. Plan on significant travel delays out of the area. The eastern Sierra/Tahoe areas are likely to be the hardest hit, with potential rainfall ranging up to 7 inches; the Lassen and Plumas region may receive a bit less rain due to the storm’s cold front coming in today. A few inches of snow may return overnight as temperatures are expected to drop. Meanwhile, expect 2-4 inches of rain today; Winds gradually decrease after today into your weekend.

Total snow accumulations between Saturday and Sunday can be expected to reach another foot west of 395 and around east of 395. Then get ready for a second atmospheric river Monday through Wednesday. The national weather service says they do not expect much of a break between these storms, mainly in the Sierras. This second wave can potentially bring another five feet of snow to the Sierras.

With the onslaught of snow and rain being received, the Plumas County Sheriff’s office strongly urges anyone in the West of the Feather River Canyon to leave the area. The county expects heavy rainfall to cause a major landslide that will close hwy 70 near Pulga. The Sheriff’s office says if you do not leave, you risk being trapped with emergency personnel unable to reach you.

As of this morning, the flood watch for the Susan River indicates the river levels will peak below the flood action stage, yet the weather services caution that by 1230 this afternoon, you may see rapid river rises that may lead to minor flooding. Other rivers are expected to rise significantly but are not currently forecast to reach the flood stage.

If you have concerns your home may be at flood risk, here are locations where you can fill sandbags:

Susanville Fire Department for City and Lassen County residents.
Janesville Fire Department.
15 bags per household. You are asked to bring your shovel.
In Plumas County, You can fill sandbags at the Feather River College baseball parking lot in Quincy or the Chester Fire Station for the Chester/Lake Almanor area.
For Eastern Plumas County, go to the Portola City Public Works building on Main Street. Sandbags are limited.
In Indian Valley, go to the Indian Valley Fire Station located south of Greenville on Hwy 89.
You can get sandbags from the county road shop or dump them in Loyalton.

Plumas county is still searching for volunteers willing to assist some community members (seniors and those with disabilities) with snow removal, specifically rooftop removal. If you are able and willing, please call the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 530-283-6300 to be placed on a list.