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.