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Storm In California Causes Severe Blizzards And Flooding

By Ayin Badz , Jan 11, 2017 02:25 AM EST
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Winter storm in California comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada. And in the Northern California river towns where a new round of flooding where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. Forecasters warned of up to 10 feet high snow in the highest mountains. And, there would be around seven feet of snow at the resorts of Lake Tahoe, a high risk of avalanches.

The wind blasted to 60 mph. While the Sierra ridge had blast of more than 100 mph. Blizzard warning is in effect for parts of the Sierra which is rare and is the first over the past nine years reported by Scott McGuire.

Scott McGuire is a forecaster for the National Weather Service based in Reno, Nevada. He added that the situation is really a life threatening event and that people should not even dare to travel. Ski resorts were shut down due to the alarming situation. A number of main roads, including Interstate 80 were closed.

Storm in California caused gales forced operators to close all but one ski lift. One of which is the Mammoth Mountain. Spokeswoman Joani Lynch said that they will try to open more ski lift if it is possible. There are high winds and pretty heavy snowfall right now.

Storm In California Causes heaviest rain in a decade to parts of Northern California and Nevada. The storms are part of an atmospheric river weather phenomenon that brings precipitation from the Pacific Ocean as far west as Hawaii. The impact can be destructive in areas hit by the heaviest rain.

According to the Fox News, in Sacramento workers with California's Department of Water Resources opened a half-dozen century-old spill gates on the state's biggest river. The purpose is to ease the pressure on the swollen river and on levees.

California had been through a six year drought. The last time that they had to open the gates to spill water was 2005. Ted Thomas said, It was a little bit rusty, but they were able to open them well. According to the ABC News, storm in California had caused 33 billion gallons of water to Lake Tahoe since Jan. 1.

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