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As winter storm approaches Emergency Services Office urges citizens to be prepared

A winter storm expected to arrive Saturday has prompted the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to issue a statement that urges Californians to continue their personal winter weather preparedness efforts.

“Even though the National Weather Service has indicated this weekend’s storms probably won’t be as strong as the ones that struck the state last month, history has shown that hazardous conditions can develop quickly,” Emergency Services Director Henry Renteria said in a press statement. “It’s important that Californians help ensure their personal safety and the safety of their loved ones by reviewing their emergency plans, restocking their emergency supply kits, and planning their trips to coincide with periods of good weather.”

A winter storm watch remains in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

Snow showers will continue in the Sierra through the day today. For the Lake Tahoe region there could be additional snowfall accumulations of up to 5 inches above 7,000 feet with 1 to 3 inches below 7,000 feet.

By Saturday afternoon through Sunday night the weather service anticipates a “significant storm” to move through the Sierra with snowfall of 1 to 3 feet possible above 7,000 feet.

Gusty winds are forecast to combine with the heavy snow and may cause whiteout conditions over mountain passes and exposed locations, according to a weather statement. Sierra ridge gusts may reach 100 mph with this storm.

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Snow levels with this storm may rise to near 7,000 feet on Saturday afternoon and evening with the potential for a period of heavy rain at lake level Saturday afternoon and evening, according to the weather service. Snow levels are expected to drop Saturday night into Sunday. Expect a foot or more of snow below 7,000 feet for Sunday, including lake level in the Tahoe basin.

The OES recommends that Californians make sure their emergency kit is well-stocked and includes:

” At least a three-day supply of water for drinking, pets and personal

hygiene

” At least a three-day supply of foods your family likes

” Battery-operated flashlights

” Battery-operated radios

” Extra batteries

” First Aid kit

” Warm clothing

For more information and storm-preparedness tips, visit the OES Web page at http://www.oes.ca.gov.