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December 2, 2012
Rain turns to heavy snow in Truckee; flood danger passing

PC020024.jpegBy Barbara Barte Osborn
Bee correspondent

The Truckee River peaked Sunday morning without flooding these Riverview Drive homes near the bridge in downtown Truckee.

Near-constant rain turned to heavy snow about 10 a.m. According to the National Weather Service, the danger of flooding would pass when the snow began.

According to a 12:10 p.m. news release from the Truckee Police Department, the National Weather Service has revised the Truckee-area forecast from "flood warning" to "winter storm warning." Based on this information and the change in weather, the town's operations are transitioning from "flood watch" to "snow removal," according to the release.

December 2, 2012
Sacramento emergency officials: No injuries, significant flooding

photo-2.JPGBy Sam Stanton

Despite the length of the storm that swept through the Sacramento region, a county emergency operations official said Sunday that there were no reports of significant flooding or injuries.

"There has been some localized flooding in the south part of the county near Wilton and some reports of downed trees," said Steve Cantelme. "But there's nothing that's been reported of significance."

The rain proved a hindrance at best for the thousands of participants in the California International Marathon, but did little to dampen the enthusiasm of crowds that lined Fair Oaks Boulevard to cheer them on.

Some gawkers watched under umbrellas while others gamely erected pop-up tents or sat in parking lots under the open hatches of their SUVs and watched the colorful parade of runners.

PHOTO: An SUV makes its way down a flooded 32nd Avenue near Alhambra and Stockton boulevards in East Sacramento on Sunday morning. Bee photo by Torey Van Oot

December 2, 2012
Sacramento region battered by rain; storm total at 4.72 inches

photo-3.JPGBy Anne Gonzales

A subtropical storm system dropped 1.82 inches on Sacramento this weekend, bringing the total precipitation to 4.72 inches since Wednesday. Some areas got drenched by a significant band of rainfall Sunday morning.

Snow levels dropped to Donner Summit, and rivers are rising, while drivers encountered lakes of standing water on roads and residents scrambled to clear debris from drains to prevent flooding.

Cindy Matthews, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, said the three-storm system is "very warm, hooked in with subtropical moisture from near Hawaii, which is bringing us multiple days of precipitation"

December 2, 2012
Thousands lose power as storms lash Sacramento region

By Darrell Smith

Power is out to thousands of homes across Sacramento County as a rain-packed third day of storms lashes the region.

Hardest hit are North Highlands, where more than 1,400 SMUD customers had no power, and Rancho Murieta, where some 1,068 customers were without power, according to the Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District. Another 776 are without power in Fair Oaks.

Many of the outages are concentrated in neighborhoods in North Highlands, Foothill Farms and Carmichael, where SMUD reports 20 or more outages affecting hundreds of residents.

December 1, 2012
Residents warned of Truckee River flood danger

By Barbara Barte Osborn

Bee Correspondent

TRUCKEE -- Emergency service officials in Placer and Nevada counties are warning residents living near the Truckee River of flood danger late this evening (Saturday) through Sunday.

People living in low-lying areas, especially in Truckee and along Highway 89 South, are being advised to take active precautions and monitor the conditions closely through media outlets and the Town of Truckee website:

Flooding and damage to homes in low-lying areas along the river is possible and residents should be ready to evacuate if needed.

Placer County has created a storm information page that will be updated as information becomes available:

Sandbags are available at Truckee Fire Station 92 on Donner Pass Road next to Truckee High School, at the Northstar and Squaw Valley fire stations, the North Tahoe Fire Station in Kings Beach and the Truckee Ranger District office.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting the river will reach near 8 feet between 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday along Highway 89 and near the Placer/Nevada County line.

December 1, 2012
Flood warnings issued for Napa, Russian rivers

With another powerful storm heading to Northern California, the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for the Napa and Russian rivers.

Forecasters say the Napa River is expected to rise above flood stage around noon Sunday near the city of Napa and near St. Helena, while the Russian River is expected to flood near Guerneville early Monday morning.

Besides the danger of flooding, forecasters are also warning about the possibility of mudslides and of trees falling in the area because the ground is saturated from the previous storms.

A flash flood watch is also in effect for a wide area of Northern California through Sunday evening.

- The Associated Press

December 1, 2012
Wind and rain down trees, limbs in valley

By Edward Ortiz

Wind and rain caused the downing of trees and tree limbs including the collapse of a century-old heritage oak in the Briggs Oak subdivision where a 75-foot oak sheared off near the base Saturday night and crashed into the home of Folsom resident Mike Pilat.

"It sounded like a freight train," said Pilat, who owns the property at 102 Skidmore Court. "This is a big boy that fell here."

More than 2 inches of rainfall has been recorded at the Sacramento Executive Airport in the last 72 hours. The National Weather Service expects 1 to 3 inches of rain in the Sacramento region through Sunday evening.

A flood watch remains in effect for the Sacramento Valley through Sunday afternoon. The region is also under a wind advisory that is expected to last through Sunday afternoon, with southerly gusts from 15 to 25 mp., and gusts up to 40 mph likely.

Rivers in the region will be vulnerable to flooding in the Sacramento Valley, although most are below flood stage. An exception is Deer Creek upstream and where it makes a crossing at Scott Road.

The upper Sacramento River is expected to reach flood stage at a number of locations on Sunday and Monday, the weather service said. In the Sierras, damaging wind gusts and several feet of snow are forecast, with major flood warnings in effect for the Truckee River near Truckee, and some tributaries in Nevada and Placer Counties.

The snow level may drop as low as 6,000 feet in the Sierras by early Sunday morning.

December 1, 2012
Video report: Truckee River in danger of flooding

Neighbors of the Truckee River are hoping they don't get a repeat of the Flood of 1955 as Fox40's Sonseeahray Tonsall reports.

December 1, 2012
Report: Folsom man's house floods

Fox40 reports about how a clogged storm drain can do a lot of damage. Just ask this Folsom man, whose house flooded.

December 1, 2012
High swells on the coast come with warning

Besides the possibility of flooding in local rivers, streams and creeks, the storm is also expected to cause problems along the coast.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory, with swells expected to be 14 to 16 feet.

- The Associated Press

December 1, 2012
National Weather Service: 'Biggest concern is what's coming in tonight'

Another day, another storm.

The winter weather has returned to the Sacramento region, after a brief break Friday afternoon. Sacramento has received 3 inches of rainfall since Wednesday. The National Weather Service is predicting more rain and high winds tonight and Sunday.

"Our biggest concern is what's coming in tonight," said Stefanie Henry, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. "Expect winds up to 40 miles per hour."

The latest storm will pack a stronger punch than the one on Friday. Winds could create traffic hazards and knock out power. The new rains could mean more flooding.

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