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November 30, 2012
Beach walkers should be mindful of sneaker waves

In a press release, State Parks officials warn visitors to ocean beaches to watch out for rogue waves during the stormy weekend:

"All visitors to water recreation areas need to be aware of the fact that many people drown when caught by the periodic waves often called sneaker or rogue waves. It happens when people walk right at the surf line, not expecting that any wave will suddenly go much farther up the beach than other waves they are seeing. Some are so powerful that they knock people off their feet and drag them back into the ocean."

"Winter storms and sea conditions can dramatically increase the dangers along our coastal areas," said Ronilee Clark, a state parks deputy director.

Northern California boy swept out to sea still missing

November 30, 2012
Update: Highway 16 near Rumsey is open again

Caltrans reported that Highway 16 in Yolo and Colusa counties has re-opened after earlier being closed due to flooding and mudslides.

Motorists earlier were advised by Caltrans to avoid Highway 16 from the junction of Highway 20 in Colusa County to about a mile south of Rumsey in Yolo County due to the flooding and mudslides.

November 30, 2012
Traffic accidents, flooding are rife on streets this morning

Commuters were having to dodge pooling water on streets this morning in the Sacramento region.

Around 8 a.m. roadway flooding was reported at various intersections, including Eureka Road and Wellington Way, Walnut Avenue and Cypress Avenue and in Arden Arcade at Hurley Way and Fulton Avenue. At Madison Avenue and College Oak Drive, the pavement was flooded and a vehicle was stalled in the roadway lake.

Traffic collisions were reported throughout the region during the commute hours, including one on Bass Lake Road near Highway 50. The California Highway Patrol traffic website reported that four vehicles were involved and that the roadway was flooded.

Keep updated on traffic conditions

November 30, 2012
PG&E driver dies in West Sacramento crash during storm

A Pacific Gas & Electric employee died when his truck slammed into traffic signal pole in West Sacramento early this morning.

Police officers responded to the crash about 2 a.m. at the intersection of Lake Washington and Jefferson boulevards. The driver died at the scene.

West Sacramento police are investigating the incident, which occurred as a rainstorm was moving through the area. Police say it is possible that weather was a factor in the crash.

Police advise motorists to avoid the area today as city crews fix the traffic light. A pole will have to be replaced.

November 28, 2012
Weather service update includes storm timing

The National Weather Service has released an update on the storm:

• Timing: Most intense storm periods Thursday night, Friday and Sunday.

• Expected storm total amounts: Mountains 12 to 18 inches.  Snow level rising to 7,000-feet elevation by Thursday.  Foothills: 6 to 12 inches or rain. Sacramento Valley: 4 to 8 inches.

• Wind: Strongest winds Thursday through Sunday.  Mountains, 25 to 40 mph, gusting to 70 mph.  Foothills, 25 to 35 mph, gusting to 55 mph.  Valley floor,  25 to 35 mph, gusting to 55 mph.


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