A new storm system is expected to hit Northern California this weekend, bringing heavy snow and rain to the region. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood alert for the coming days due to the anticipated accumulation of rain. The Sierra Nevada is expected to be particularly affected, with extremely dangerous driving conditions.
The NWS has issued a winter storm alert for the Sierra Nevada, effective from Saturday night until next Tuesday. Up to 6 inches of snow is expected at elevations of 3,500 feet and above, with winds reaching 65 miles per hour. This will have a major impact on the roads in the area, making driving almost impossible.
Drivers are being urged to avoid traveling in the Sierra Nevada during the storm system’s peak impact. Road closures and chain controls are expected on several highways, including Interstate 80, Highway 50, Highway 89, Highway 49, Highway 88, Highway 4, Highway 108, and Interstate 5.
In addition to heavy snow, the storm system will bring heavy rains, prompting the NWS to issue a flood watch for the Sacramento Valley and mountainous areas. Up to 3 inches of rain is expected in the Sacramento Valley, and up to 4 inches in the slopes. Urban areas, streets, and avenues are at risk of flooding, and residents in high areas are being advised to prepare for possible landslides and mudslides.
Residents in flood-prone areas are being urged to prepare for possible evacuation and gather supplies for several days. An emergency kit should include basic necessities, hygiene products, changes of clothing, a portable cell phone charger, flashlights, fresh drinking water, and pet food.
It’s important to secure garden items that could be blown away by the wind and keep an eye on tree branches. Drivers should avoid flooded streets and reduce their speed when driving in the rain. Homeowners are advised to heat their homes safely and prepare for possible power outages.
Having a list of emergency contacts and a plan for communication during and after the storm is also recommended. Additionally, it’s important to care for the elderly and people with medical conditions, and not leave pets outdoors. If there are any questions, residents can call 211 for assistance.
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