SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — After experiencing an atmospheric river soak over New Year’s weekend in Northern California, residents of the San Francisco Bay Area braced themselves for more warnings of rain and flooding as another storm headed there on Monday.
A new weather system was expected in the afternoon or evening, but the National Weather Service (NWS) said the rain would be modest until the arrival Tuesday evening of another strong atmospheric river, a long plume moisture from the Pacific Ocean. Storms are also expected to inundate the area through Friday, with the heaviest rain arriving late Tuesday and continuing through early Wednesday.
The NWS added that unlike previous winter storms which blew from east to west, this new storm system appears to be heading north to south and the heaviest rains will hit the coastal mountains at the same time.
“The bottom line for this week is that for the January 4-5 storm, expect similar or worse impacts compared to what happened on December 31. Rapid rises in creeks and creeks, downed trees, multiple landslides in the area, power outages,” said an NWS statement read. “Additionally, this third atmospheric river since December 26 means we got to see some of our main
the stump rivers are approaching or reaching flood stage. One area of concern is the Russian River near Guerneville.”
The NWS suggested that residents who live in areas with only one road should have extra supplies on hand in case the road becomes flooded or blocked by mudslides and/or downed trees. Emergency crews will likely be busy with widespread storm impacts, so power outages and road closures may not be addressed immediately.
Rainfall in downtown San Francisco reached 5.46 inches on New Year’s Eve, making it the second wettest day on record, behind a deluge in November 1994, the National Weather Service said.
Even with the respite from torrential rains and heavy snowfall, flood warnings and watches remained in effect in the Sacramento County area, where widespread flooding and levee failures in agricultural region inundated the roads and highways.
Emergency crews rescued motorists from New Year’s Eve until Sunday morning. On Sunday, crews found a dead person inside a submerged vehicle near Highway 99, said Dan Quiggle, assistant fire chief for operations with the Cosumnes Community Service District Fire Department, at The Sacramento Bee.
Sacramento County officials issued an evacuation order late Sunday for residents of the low-lying community of Point Pleasant near Interstate 5, citing impending and dangerous flooding. Residents of nearby communities of Glanville Tract and Franklin Pond have been told to prepare to leave before other roads are cut off by rising waters and evacuation becomes impossible.
“Floods from the Cosumnes River and Mokelumne River are expected to move southwest toward I-5 and could reach these areas in the middle of the night,” the service bureau tweeted. Sacramento County emergency Sunday afternoon. “Livestock in affected areas should be moved to higher ground.”
North of the state capital, crews cleared overturned trees from roads and sidewalks, and at least 6,300 customers were still without power as of early Monday, up from more than 150,000 two days earlier, a map shows. Sacramento Municipal District online.
State highway workers spent the holiday weekend clearing heavy snow that was blocking traffic from major highways through the Sierra Nevada.
Near Lake Tahoe, dozens of drivers were rescued on New Year’s Eve along Interstate 80 after cars spun in snow during the blizzard, the California Department of Transportation said.
In Southern California, several people have been rescued after floodwaters inundated cars in San Bernardino and Orange counties. No major injuries were reported.
With no rainfall forecast during Monday’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, spectators lined their spots along the city’s main boulevard for the 134th annual floral pageant.
The rain was welcomed in drought-scorched California. The past three years have been the driest on record in the state, but it takes a lot more precipitation to make a significant difference.
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