Snow levels expected to drop below 5,000 feet
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Sierra Nevada mountains and the San Joaquin Valley starting at noon on Friday, November 6, through 10 p.m. on Sunday. Snow accumulation of a foot or more could occur at elevations above 7,000 feet. Snow levels at 5,000 to 7,000 feet are expected to see accumulations of 6-12 inches. Winter storm watch in
Temperatures will drop below freezing on Saturday and Sunday in the mountains to the foothills, creating hazardous driving conditions. The leading edge of the storm will be preceded by strong southwest winds. Sustained winds and gusts up to 55 mph will increase hazards to firefighters that remain on the lines of the Castle and Creek fires.
“I’m expecting these winds to take down hazard trees,” said Angie Enyedi, meteorologist on the Creek Fire. Winter storm watch in
If swirling winds blowing embers aren’t dangerous enough, falling trees pose increased hazards and have caused deaths and serious injuries in the past. The incoming series of winter storms is expected to provide some relief to California’s unrelenting fire season. The last three months (August through October) were the hottest on record in the state for their respective months.
In addition, the 60-day cumulative precipitation — which was near zero in most places — was the lowest on record for any September-October for much of California and western Nevada. The first rainfall event of the season is likely to bring some relief from the smoky air quality and moisture to the parched foothill and mountain zones. The last rain of the 2019-2020 season was one-quarter of an inch, recorded in Three Rivers on May 19, 2020. Winter storm watch in
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Here is the Friday, November 6, update from Sequoia National Forest regarding the SQF Complex (Castle Fire):
Weather forecasters are expecting significant weather changes over the Sequoia Complex today and through the weekend. Fire managers are shifting Hotshot crews and other line personnel out of the backcountry to the southern portion of the fire to support suppression repair. Movement of the crews to the south end of the fire is prioritizing firefighter safety considering weather conditions. Winter storm watch in