U.S. Forest Service
Mendocino National Forest
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988

News Release
January 15, 2016

Severe weather could pose potential safety concerns
WILLOWS, Calif. – The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather statement for the northern California region.  Storms Friday through Monday could bring potential hazards to many parts of the Mendocino and in recently burned areas.
This system will bring rain and higher elevation snow on Friday night and Saturday possibly impacting mountain travel at elevations above 6,000 feet.  A stronger weather system will bring periods of heavy rain Sunday afternoon through Monday morning, several inches of rainfall possible over the foothills and mountains along with several inches of snow possible above 6,000 feet.
The potential for flash flooding along with heavy mud and debris flow can be significant in areas recently burned by fire.  Residents and visitors should be alert to environmental signs of dangerous weather conditions and be prepared to take action.
Be prepared:
§  Check local weather reports, road closures and emergency notifications before you leave home.

§  Monitor the NOAA-National Weather Service website or “app” paying close attention to hazardous alerts (http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sto/).

§  Be prepared to evacuate if county or city emergency officials determine that flooding and debris flows are expected.

§  Creeks and drainages downstream from a burned area can still be impacted, even if it is not raining in that area.  Be alert and use caution.

§  Do not attempt water crossings, even if they look shallow.

§  If you find yourself in a flood, climb to safety (seek higher ground).

The forest issues several wet weather closures for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails during rain storms. Keep a look out for new or changing closures by checking our website www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.
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Severe weather could pose potential safety concerns – Mendocino National Forest