A wet February is continuing in the Mount Shasta area with a mixture of snow and rain and treacherous travel conditions in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 26 and 27, 2019.
Those conditions led to numerous power outages Monday and more of the same could be on the way.
The Mt. Shasta Ski Park reported it received 36 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours as of Tuesday morning, and it will be closed Tuesday because of conditions.
More than 9 inches of precipitation had been recorded in February at the California Department of Resources weather station in Mt. Shasta as of Tuesday morning, bringing the season total starting Oct. 1, 2018 to 27 inches.
Close to 500 Pacific Power customers were still without power Tuesday morning in the Mount Shasta area after about 2,500 customers have had their power restored, according to Pacific Power Regional Business Manager Monty Mendenhall. He said most of the problems were related to heavy snow building up, freezing, then breaking cross arms on power poles. Some trees have also fallen into power lines.
Mendenhall said crews are working on repairing cross arms in the South Old Stage area and expect to have power restored for about 250 customers there by mid to late afternoon Tuesday.
Crews are also working to repair cross arms and restore power to about 200 customers in the Azalea area. Those repairs are expected to be completed by late afternoon or early evening, Mendenhall said.
Pacific Power is attempting to bring in another contract crew to help with the repairs, according to Mendenhall, but many of those crews are already busy trying to restore power for about 30,000 customers in the Roseburg and Cottage Grove areas of Oregon.
While snow turned to rain later Monday in many locations, a National Weather Service Winter Storm Warning is in effect in the Mt. Shasta area until 10 p.m. Wednesday above 3,500 feet.
Heavy snow is in the forecast with accumulations of 6 to 12 inches expected and “much higher amounts” above 5,000 feet.
Areas in the warning include Mount Shasta City, Black Butte Summit on Interstate 5, Snowmans Summit on Highway 89.
“Snow level will hover around 3500 feet so Mount Shasta could see periods of rain mixing in,” according to NWS. “Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.
It’s been snowing in the Yreka area Tuesday morning, and more is on the way, according to a NWS Advisory that forecasts 4 to 8 inches of snow in central Siskiyou County through 4 a.m. Wednesday. The Advisory area includes Interstate 5 from Weed to Hilt.