Tuolumne County Officials Plan Delayed Opening, Warming Shelter
Update at 4:30 p.m.: As the temperatures dip below freezing for the next couple of days and continued widespread power outages in the Mother Lode, the Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services will be opening a warming center at the Discover Life Seventh Day Adventist Church. It will be in the gymnasium behind the church sanctuary. The exact address is 40 Forest Road in Sonora, off of Stockton Road. The center is set to open at 5 p.m. and remain open through at least Thursday morning (February 7). The facility will be staffed and for those who need a warm place to sleep beds are provided. County officials want to remind those who may need to use these services to bring prescription medications and any medical equipment needed. Of note, no pets are allowed. Further details on county office opening delays are below.
Original post at 2:15 p.m.: Sonora, CA — Overnight temperatures in the low 20s with wet, slushy roads and power outages triggering plans for delays and a warming shelter.
Due to continued significant impacts on travel into the morning hours and the high potential for hazardous travel conditions, Tuolumne County officials are delaying the opening of all Tuolumne County offices until 10 a.m. Wednesday. Public safety services will continue following a regular schedule.
Due to the widespread area power outages and freezing temperatures, the Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services is working to open a warming shelter and will provide more details as they become available.
Officials continue urging residents to limit travel through the morning hours and for those who must access the roadways, they stress the importance of taking the necessary precautions, allowing extra travel time and carrying tire chains that are appropriate for your vehicle.