SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Californians are preparing to say goodbye to 2022 and usher in the New Year with heavy rain and possible flooding from storms that brought several inches of rain and snow, as well as wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. Are preparing.
It is an atmospheric cyclonic storm, seen as a long and wide column of moisture rising from the Pacific. The so-called atmospheric river began flowing in the northern part of the state on Friday and more rain is expected through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
Officials warned that rivers and streams could overflow their banks, so they urged residents to prepare sandbags. A flood watch is in effect for much of Northern California through New Year’s Eve.
In case of Central Valley, the flood warning is in effect till 4 am on Sunday. The National Weather Service in Hanford recommends that if you are going to travel, pay attention to possible accumulation of water along the route. “Avoid traveling to the mountains,” says Post.
The current storm system will be warmer and wetter than in the past, reducing snow levels over the mountains, said Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. Chandler-Cooley said next week’s severe weather will be cooler, and overall, the Sacramento area could see 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 cm) of rain during the week.
The first storm of the week moved into the Golden State starting Monday and hit hard on Tuesday night. The weather service says the saturated soil hasn’t had a chance to dry before the rains return.
Another alert continues till Sunday morning. And is that the Sierra Nevada is expected to get several feet of snow. The Sierra Avalanche Center issued an avalanche watch for the Tahoe area and surrounding areas on Sunday morning. The National Weather Service in Reno said weekend winds were forecast at 100 mph (160 kph) at lake level and 50 mph (80 kph) at lake level, where waves Can reach a height of 6 ft (1.8 m).
On the other hand, the Truckee River running through the city of Reno, Nevada is expected to peak below flood level. City and county officials said they were setting up more than a dozen sandbag locations as a precaution.
Madera, Merced, and Mariposa counties have also set up locations where residents can drop off sandbags to prevent flooding.
Southern California weather will remain cool and rainy through Friday, but moderate to heavy rain is expected through Saturday, forecasters said.
The area will begin to dry out on New Year’s Day and rain should protect the January 2 Rose Parade in Pasadena, but spectators camping overnight could face temperatures in the 30s or 40s.