Storm in California causes rock slides while dumping heavy rain and snow
As California prepared to welcome the new year, a powerful storm brought heavy snowfall or drenching rain to large parts of California on Saturday. It slowed traffic and closed highways. As much as 2 feet of snow could accumulate in the Sierra Nevada highlands by Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service in Sacramento posted photos on Twitter showing traffic on snowy mountain passes. Vehicles were required to have chains and four-wheel drive.
The so-called Atmospheric river storm A long, wide plume of water from the Pacific Ocean was pulling in. Northern California roads were closed due to flooding and rock slides.
In an afternoon tweet, the weather agency in Sacramento stated that there were “too many road closures” at this point. Residents in Wilton, an unincorporated community, were urged by Sacramento County to evacuate because flooding could hinder their ability to leave the area.
Santa Cruz County Officials Post a photo A large sinkhole opened along a road.
On Saturday, the city’s rain fell 5 inches by midafternoon. This made it the second-wettest day ever recorded, just behind a November 1994 deluge. It could threaten the almost three-decade-old record of rain falling.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a section of U.S. 101 south of San Francisco was closed indefinitely due to flooding. Twitter videos showed mud-colored water streaming down San Francisco streets and an Oakland staircase transformed into a waterfall by heavy rains.
Courtney Carpenter, a meteorologist for the Weather Service, said that the storm could drop more than an inch of rain in Sacramento before moving south. One ski resort south-east of Lake Tahoe shut down chair lifts due to flooding and operational issues. A photo was posted on Twitter showing a lift tower with empty chairs and surrounded by water.
Carpenter stated, “We’re seeing a lot flooding.”
The Sacramento agency released a map 24-hour precipitation Through Saturday morning, there was a wide range in totals across the region, ranging from less than 1 inch in some areas to more that 5 inches in the Sierra foothills.
Mammoth Mountain Ski area reported numerous lift closures, citing high winds and low visibility.
Stockton Police Department posted photos showing a flooded railroad underpass, and a car that appeared to be stuck in more than a foot water.
Although rain was welcomed in drought-stricken California, more precipitation is needed. California has been the driest state in three years.
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 north of Lake Tahoe. It is possible for up to 5 feet of snow to accumulate atop the mountains.
Throughout most of Northern California, a flood watch was in place from New Year’s Eve through the end. Officials warned that rivers could overflow and asked residents to prepare sandbags.
Some rainfall totals in San Francisco Bay Area exceeded 4 inches.
According to the state transportation agency, there were many road closures. Highway 70 east of Chico was closed partially by a slide and Highway 49 east of Sacramento was closed due to flooding. A section of Highway 50 was closed in El Dorado County east of Sacramento because of flooding.
According to the Eureka office of National Weather Service, Humboldt County also experienced flooding after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Dec. 20. Officials said that a bridge that was temporarily shut down last week because of earthquake damage could be closed again if it gets too high.
It was the first of many storms that will be sweeping across California in the coming week. According to Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a Sacramento meteorologist with the National Weather Service, the current system will be warmer and more wetter than next week’s storms.
Chandler-Cooley stated that the Sacramento region could see 4 to 5 inches of rain in the course of the week.
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 were issued along the Sierra’s eastern border, north and south Reno, Nevada. There was minor to moderate flooding forecast along some rivers, streams, and roads.
On Saturday, there was moderate-to-heavy rainfall in Southern California. The region will start drying out by New Year’s Day. There is no rain expected during Monday’s Rose Parade in Pasadena.
According to the National Weather Service Oxnard, another round of heavy showers is forecast for Tuesday or Wednesday.
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