More rain and snow fell over the weekend in storm-ravaged California, making travel dangerous and prompting new evacuation orders due to flooding along a swollen river near Sacramento. And more is expected from Sunday night to Monday, ashits tempered state.
Bands of thunderstorms with gusty winds began Saturday in the north and spread south, followed by another riverine atmospheric storm on Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
Up to 2 inches of rain was forecast for the saturated Sacramento Valley, where residents of semi-rural Wilton, home to about 5,000 people, were ordered to evacuate as the Cosumnes River continued to rise.
Los Angles saw record rainfall for the date,with the 1.82 inches of rain downtown Saturday and 1.53 inches at LAX the most since 1978.
Another 3 inches of snow and gusty winds were expected in the Sierra Nevada. Interstate 80, a key highway from the San Francisco Bay Area to Lake Tahoe ski resorts, reopened after being closed most of Saturday due to slippery roads, snow and whiteout conditions .
The University of California at Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab tweeted Sunday morning that it had received 21.5 inches of snow in 24 hours. Its snowpack of about 10 feet is expected to increase several more feet by Monday.
A backcountry avalanche warning has been issued for the central Sierra, including the greater Lake Tahoe area, through Monday.
In Los Angeles, authorities rescued a woman from a creek in Laguna Hills, where she was clinging to a tree, CBS Los Angeles reported, and elsewhere in the city,crushing at least 10 cars.
The California Highway Patrol rescued three people whose car slid off a rain-wet road and ended up on the edge of a cliff in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Friday. The occupants of the car ‘were fearful for their lives and were in disbelief’ when they were pulled safely from the car as the front of the vehicle dangled precariously over the edge of the cliff, Highway Patrol said in a statement.
“We can’t stress this enough. Please drive ONLY if necessary,” the statement read.
Just south in Santa Cruz County, the small community of Felton Grove along the San Lorenzo River was under an evacuation warning.
The swollen Salinas River inundated farmland in Monterey County. To the east, flood warnings were in effect for Merced County in the Central Agricultural Valley, where Governor Gavin Newsom visited on Saturday to provide an update on the problems and warn of even more possible danger. .
“We’re not done,” Newsom said. He urged people to be vigilant about safety for a few more days when the last of a parade of nine atmospheric rivers was due to pass.
In Southern California, winter storm warnings and advisories were in place for mountainous areas, where many roads remained impassable due to mudslides and rockslides. Two northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Castaic in northern Los Angeles County were closed indefinitely after a hill collapsed.
The series of storms have dumped rain and snow on California since late December, knocking out power to thousands, flooding roads, triggering debris flows and triggering landslides.
President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in the state and ordered federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts in affected areas.
At least 19 storm-related deaths have occurred and a 5-year-old boy remains missing after floodwaters swept away from his mother’s car in San Luis Obispo County.
Dry days are in the forecast this week for California starting Tuesday.