Placer County and Tahoe partners preparing for storms hitting the area this week

Published on January 18, 2017

In preparation for a series of fast moving storms expected to affect Placer County through the coming weekend, the county and its partners in the North Lake Tahoe area are making plans to keep residents and visitors warm and informed.

The National Weather Service’s forecast for this week’s storms predicts typical winter storms with rain, wet snow and winds. However, these storms, on the heels of last week’s major storms, will affect an area that has already suffered from widespread power outages, flooding and downed trees. Additional snowfall on trees already full of snow from previous storms, coupled with saturated ground and winds, can lead to downed trees, which can then potentially take down power lines.

“We’d like to err on the side of caution for these storms,” said Placer County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Jennifer Montgomery, whose fifth district includes the eastern portion of the county and the North Lake Tahoe area. “We had people without power for many days with the last storms and we want to ensure if something similar happens that we can direct them to the appropriate places to get warm and get information.”

Should power be knocked out again for an extended period, residents can expect to find warming centers open during the day at:

  • Tahoe City Public Utility District, 221 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City, and
  • North Tahoe Public Utility District, 875 National Avenue in Tahoe Vista

These centers will offer people a place to stay warm, charge communications devices and get the latest information on changing weather conditions and storm-related news or advisories.