LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – The latest in a three-week series of major winter storms hit California Monday, raising the risk of driving in mountainous terrain and posing a high risk of flooding near swollen rivers despite sunshine in some areas. Is. ,
Heavy snow fell on the Sierra Nevada, while the National Weather Service recommended avoiding travel. Interstate 80, a major highway from the San Francisco Bay Area to Lake Tahoe ski resorts, reopened with tire chain requirements after being closed periodically over the weekend due to blizzard conditions.
“If you must travel, be prepared for hazardous travel conditions, significant travel delays and road closures,” tweeted the weather service in Sacramento.
The Central Sierra Snow Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley tweeted Monday morning that it had recorded 49.6 inches (126 cm) of new snow since Friday.
A Backcountry Avalanche Warning has been issued for the Central Sierra including the Greater Tahoe area.
A series of nine atmospheric river storms has dumped rain and snow on California since late December, knocking out power for thousands of residents, flooding roads, toppling trees, triggering debris flows and mudslides It is done. Forecasters said Monday’s system was relatively weak compared to previous ones, but the risk of flash floods and landslides remained as moisture swept through the state.
The sun came out in San Francisco, where 20.3 inches (51.5 cm) of rain has fallen at the city’s airport since October 1, when California usually starts recording rain for the year. The annual average for the “year of water” is 49.8 centimeters (19.6 in), the San Francisco Weather Service office tweeted, “so we’ve exceeded the annual total with 8 more months to go.”
Up to 2 inches (5 cm) more rain fell Sunday in the Sacramento Valley, where residents of Wilton and surrounding communities were warned to prepare to evacuate if the Cosmanes River rose further.