The National Weather Service office in Reno has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect from Thursday evening through late Saturday night.
According to the NWS Lassen County will receive periods of moderate to heavy snow Thursday night through Saturday night. The best chances for heavy snow will be during the day on Friday and Saturday.
Snow totals from this storm are predicted to be impressive, with accumulations of 2 feet or more west of Highway 395 and up to 1 foot east of Highway 395. Snow levels for most of the weekend will be right down to the valley floor at 4,500 feet.
A mix of rain and snow below 4500 feet will cause little accumulation Friday and Saturday, but with falling snow levels several inches are possible Saturday night.
Along with the heavy snow we will also see sustained winds in the Honey Lake Valley of 20 to 30mph with gusts up to 55.
Periods of heavy snow and strong winds could lead to whiteout conditions and lengthy travel delays.
The weather agency suggests that travelers consider a secondary route to avoid mountain passes this weekend. Backcountry activities are not advised.
The National Weather Service issued this informative video briefing about the weekend’s storm: