Atmospheric river bring flooding, landslides into New Year’s weekend
California was closed Friday by landslides of rock, mud and debris as heavy rains began a series that will bring in the new year. These storms could bring down the state’s floods and cause flooding. There could also be multiple feet of snow in Sierra Nevada.
The Atmospheric river stormAccording to the National Weather Service, Sacramento, the ‘long and wide plume of moisture from the Pacific Ocean began to sweep across the state’s northern part Friday and was expected bring more rain through Saturday.
The National Weather Service in Reno, Nevada, stated that a winter storm warning was in place for the Sierra’s upper elevations, south of Yosemite National Park and north of Lake Tahoe. Snowfalls up to 5 feet (1.5m) are possible.
Throughout most of Northern California, a flood watch was in place from New Year’s Eve through the end. Officials warned that streams and rivers could overflow, and urged residents not to ignore them.Sandbagsready.
Already, roads were closed in San Francisco Bay Area due to landslides.Between Fremont and SunolAlso, in Mendocino County, near Piercy, and in the Mendocino Forest, where crews cleared debris until Friday night.
According to the Eureka office of National Weather Service, Humboldt County was also affected by a Dec. 20 earthquake that produced a 6.4 magnitude earthquake.A bridge temporarily closedOfficials said that the Eel River, which it crosses over, could rise too high to close down the office last week because of earthquake damage.
Authorities in San Mateo County closed a section of Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay early Saturday morning because stormwater had accumulated on the stretch, despite continuing heavy rains. They stated that there was no estimated time for the highway to reopen.
It was the first of many storms that will be rolling across California in the next week. According to Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a Sacramento meteorologist with the National Weather Service, the current system will be warmer and more wetter. Next week’s storms, however, will be colder, which will lower snow levels in the mountains.
Chandler-Cooley stated that the Sacramento region could see 4 to 5 inches (10-13 centimeters) of rain in the course of the week.
According to the California Highway Patrol, some roads in eastern Sacramento were flooded and made impassable at times Friday. According to the weather service, almost 5 inches (12.7 cm) of rain had fallen in the Sierra foothills at Blue Canyon, 70 miles (112 km) northeast of Sacramento, by nightfall.
Sacramento’s fire department planned to broadcast evacuation announcementsTo warn of flooding, a helicopter and boat were used to fly along the American River. This is a spot where many homeless people live in encampments.
California Highway Patrol tweeted about a mudslide that left timber all over a road bend in Alameda County.
“A good reminder to slow down, despite all the rain. You never know what might be around the corner. “Please drive safely and allow yourself extra time,” the Dublin office of the agency tweeted Friday.
Through 4 a.m. on Sunday, a winter storm warning was in place for most of the Sierra. This included the highest elevations around Lake Tahoe, where more than a foot was expected near the shores. Winds gusting up to 100 mph (163 kph) were possible over the ridgetops.
Reno’s weather service said that strong winds could cause tree damage, leading to power outages, and high waves on Lake Tahoe could capsize small vessels.
In the backcountry surrounding Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes, south of Yosemite, Avalanche Warnings were issued.
Flood watches and warnings continue along the Sierras’ eastern Front, north and south Reno, Nevada, where minor-to-moderate flooding was forecast along some rivers, streams, and into the weekend.
The National Weather Service stated that the Susan River, located 85 miles (137 km) north of Reno in California, was expected to rise from approximately 5 feet (1.5m) Friday to a foot (30 cm) above the flood stage at 12 feet (3.6m) Saturday morning. This could cause moderate flooding that could affect some homes and roads.
For Saturday, in Southern California, there was expected to be moderate-to-heavy rainfall. The region will start drying out by New Year’s Day. Pasadena’s Jan. 2 Rose Parade should be avoided.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, heavy showers are expected.National Weather Service Oxnardsaid.
Although rain was welcomed in California’s drought-prone state, more precipitation is needed for a significant impact. California’s three most recent years have been characterized by drought.Record-breaking dry record.
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