Winter storm watch in weekend forecast

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The series of winter storms in the weekend forecast are expected to bring some relief from the smoky conditions that have plagued the Kaweah canyon since mid-August.


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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This containment line on a Three Rivers hilltop includes dozer line and spot burning around the oaks to protect the community from the Castle Fire.

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

As the cold front moves through the area, the fire is likely to be affected by gusty winds, low humidity recovery, and limited precipitation in the form of light snow. This creates potentially hazardous conditions for firefighters working around fire weakened trees, helicopter flights in and out to access steep terrain, and freezing temperatures.
Crews will continue to patrol and mop-up existing fireline, as well as work with Resource Advisors to help identify and support fire suppression repair needs. Fire personnel, heavy equipment, and chippers continue suppression repair efforts on the southern edge of the fire in all divisions. Ground efforts are prioritizing erosion control on direct and indirect containment lines. Hand crews continue to chip brush piles throughout the communities.
As weather is expected to challenge fire personnel and others travelling in the area, especially at the higher elevations, be prepared for slick and icy roads, snowy conditions, and gusty winds. Have a plan, pack cold weather gear, drive slowly, and stay safe! Winter storm watch in

One thought on “Winter storm watch in weekend forecast

  • November 6, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks, Sarah & John! This such good news! Our dry, parched and dust-filled canyons can really use the moisture. Let’s pray that it’s only the first of many such storms to visit us.


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