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Last in series of California storms brings more rain, snow

Los Angeles (AP) — Ninth Atmospheric River in 3-Week Series major winter storm Driving through California on Monday meant that even with the sun shining in some areas, driving in the mountains was dangerous and there was a higher risk of flooding near swollen rivers.

Heavy snow fell in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the National Weather Service discouraged travel. Interstate 80, the main highway from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Lake Tahoe ski resort, has reopened at the chain’s requirement after regular weekend closures due to whiteout conditions.

“If you must travel, be prepared for dangerous travel conditions, significant travel delays and road closures,” said the Sacramento Weather Service Office. twitter.

The University of California, Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Lab tweeted Monday morning that it had hit 49.6 inches (126 cm) of fresh snow since Friday.

A backcountry avalanche warning has been issued for the Central Sierra, including the Greater Tahoe region.

barrage of atmospheric river storm Starting in late December, it rained and snowed California, cut off power to thousands, flooded roads, knock down trees, Unleash and trigger a debris flow landslide. Monday’s system was relatively weak compared to previous storms, but the risk of flooding and landslides remained as the state was so saturated, forecasters said.

Since October 1, when California begins recording annual precipitation, 20.3 inches (51.5 cm) of rain has fallen at San Francisco airports. The annual average for the “Year of Water” was 19.6 inches (49.8 cm) for him, “with eight more months to surpass the annual total,” said the San Francisco Weather Service’s office. murmured.

Up to 2 inches (5 cm) more rain fell in the flooded Sacramento Valley on Sunday, and residents of Wilton and surrounding communities were warned to prepare to vacate if the Cosmnes River swelled further.

The swollen Salinas River has flooded Monterey County farmlands. In the east, flood warnings were still in effect in Merced County in the Agricultural Central Valley, where Gov. Gavin Newsom visited on Saturday.

Newsom on Monday signed an executive order to further strengthen the state’s emergency storm response and help affected communities. President Joe Biden has declared a statewide catastrophe and ordered federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts.

In Southern California, the sun was shining over Los Angeles, but winter storm warnings and advisories still applied to the mountains. His two northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Castaic in northern LA County were closed indefinitely after a hillside collapsed.

Downtown Los Angeles had a record amount of rain on Saturday, hitting 1.82 inches (4.6 cm), according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

At least 20 storm-related deaths occurred, 5-year-old boy remains missing After being swept out of her mother’s car in the San Luis Obispo County floods.

The weekly forecast for California starting Tuesday was mostly dry.

Meteorologists were keeping an eye on a storm forming in the Pacific Ocean to see if it would gain enough strength to become the 10th atmospheric river in the state this season. Either way, only light rain is likely, mostly confined to Northern California when it makes landfall on Wednesday, state climatologist Dr. Mike Anderson said Monday in the state weather forecast.

https://www.ksby.com/news/california-news/last-in-series-of-california-storms-dumps-more-rain-snow Last in series of California storms brings more rain, snow

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