A winter storm packing highly effective winds, heavy rain and doubtlessly a number of ft of snow within the Sierra Nevada shut down mountain highways, toppled timber and triggered flood watches and avalanche warnings on Saturday from the coast of Northern California to Lake Tahoe.
Greater than 250 miles of the Sierra remained below a winter storm warning a minimum of till Sunday evening or early Monday from north of Reno to south of Yosemite Nationwide Park.
As a lot as 4 ft of snow is anticipated to fall by the tip of the weekend within the higher elevations round Lake Tahoe, and as a lot as 6 ft in additional distant elements of the Sierra to the north and south.
A 70-mile stretch of eastbound U.S. Interstate 80 was closed “as a consequence of zero visibility” from Colfax, California to the Nevada state line, transportation officers mentioned. Chains had been required on a lot of the remainder of I-80 within the mountains from Reno towards Sacramento.
A stretch of California Freeway 89 additionally was closed as a consequence of heavy snow between Tahoe Metropolis and South Lake Tahoe, California, the freeway patrol mentioned.
The U.S. Forest Service issued an avalanche warning for the backcountry within the mountains west of Lake Tahoe.AP
The U.S. Forest Service issued an avalanche warning for the backcountry within the mountains west of Lake Tahoe the place it mentioned “a number of ft of recent snow and robust winds will lead to harmful avalanche circumstances.”
Gusts of wind as much as 50 mph that despatched timber into houses in Sonoma County on Saturday might attain 100 mph over Sierra ridgetops by early Sunday, the Nationwide Climate Service mentioned.
Heavy rain was forecast by the weekend from San Francisco to the Sierra crest with as much as 2 inches within the Bay Space and as much as 5 inches at Grass Valley northeast of Sacramento.
A 70-mile stretch of eastbound U.S. Interstate 80 was closed “as a consequence of zero visibility.”AP
The climate service issued a flash flood warning on Saturday when inches of rain fell on burn scars left by wildfires south of Monterey and farther south of Large Sur.
Greater than 30,000 clients had been with out energy within the Sacramento space at one level Saturday morning, nevertheless it was restored to all however a number of hundred late within the day. The drivers and passengers of 5 automobiles that had been trapped between downed energy strains escaped unhurt, the Sacramento Bee reported.
San Francisco Bay Space officers reported energy outages and fallen timber, a few of which broken automobiles and houses. In Monte Rio, a small city alongside the Russian River in Sonoma County, firefighters responded to a number of experiences of downed timber crashing into houses in 50 mph wind gusts.
As a lot as 4 ft of snow is anticipated to fall by the tip of the weekend within the higher elevations round Lake Tahoe.AP
Monte Rio Fireplace Division Chief Steve Baxman instructed KRON-TV that 4 completely different down timber had broken homes within the space and that no accidents had been reported.
“That is our first massive storm, we’ve had a number of years of drought and all these timber had been dry. Now they’re filling up with water and beginning to topple over,” Baxman instructed the tv station.
Within the Sierra, about 10 inches of snow already had fallen Saturday afternoon at Mammoth Mountain ski resort south of Yosemite the place greater than 10 ft of snow has been recorded since early November.
“It simply looks like each week or so, one other main storm rolls in,” resort spokeswoman Lauren Burke mentioned.
As a lot as 18 to twenty-eight inches of snow was forecast by the weekend at lake stage, and as much as 4 ft at elevations above 7,000 ft with 50 mph winds and gusts as much as 100 mph.
On the Sierra’s japanese slope, a winter climate advisory runs from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. for Reno, Sparks and Carson Metropolis, with snow accumulations of 1 to three inches on valley flooring and as much as 8 inches above 5,000 ft.