Winter Storm Warning for all of WNY

The warning is in effect from late Thursday night through late Friday night. Cars created waves and splashed surrounding sidewalks while passers-by hid under raincoats and umbrellas.

The storm was expected to reach Southern California in the early hours of Friday. People can not be forced to leave their homes under a mandatory evacuation order, but authorities said they should not be expected to be rescued while the storm event is occurring. However, modeling indicates "there is a risk for unsafe flash flooding, mud and debris flows", he warned.

"Can it happen again? Will it, now? I doubt it", she said.

Winter weather, blizzard and avalanche warnings have been issued for the region until 4 a.m. Friday.

Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches with localized amounts of 21 inches are expected in the Warning area, while additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are anticipated in the Advisory area.

Geologists estimate that the scorched earth won't grow vegetation for three to five years, meaning every time a major storm moves into the area, residents may be asked or ordered to evacuate. Big rigs are still being told to stay off a stretch of Interstate 80 of about 90 miles from Colfax to the Nevada state line due to whiteout conditions in the Sierra Nevada, according to Caltrans.


Chains or snow tires were needed on stretches of Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 50 and U.S. 395. Dozens of collisions were reported on San Francisco Bay Area highways.

Travelers were asked to avoid trips to the mountains until the winter storm passed, with up to 7 feet of snow possible in the higher elevations.

The blizzard would help the snowpack, which is vital to the state's water supply and is only about a quarter its normal size for this time of winter.

The snow should stop falling in the mountains by late Saturday.

"If you want to ski, we suggest you get up there Sunday if you can", Obergfell said.

Meanwhile predictions of widespread showers across the southern end of the state raised concern about flash flooding near wildfire burn scars later in the week.


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