UPDATE: The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a
* Flash Flood Warning for Central Shasta County in northern California...
* Until 745 AM PDT Thursday.
* At 743 PM PDT, trained weather spotter reported flash flooding
across the warned area. Up to three to five inches of rain have
already fallen with rain continuing to fall over the same area.
Flash flooding is already occurring.
* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Highway 299 near Bella Vista and at least 2 miles to the east,
Palo Cedro and areas north to Shasta Lake. Fire department has
been doing emergency sand bagging in the Bella Vista area. Reports
of knee deep water in some areas with many neighborhood roads
flooded. Clough Creek continues to rise and is within 2 feet of
overflowing Highway 299 and likely impacting a number of houses
near the creek. Many other creeks are rising and may have already
flooded in the warned area.
* Storm activity is expected to diminish over the next hour or so
but the flooding will be slow to recede overnight in many areas.
Many low lying spots will remain flooded overnight therefore the
warning has been extended until Thursday morning.
Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles. Be especially cautious at night when it is
harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.
In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are
potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded
roads. Find an alternate route.
Stay away from creeks which will have rapidly moving water and could
easily sweep someone downstream.
We have a Flash Flood Warning in effect until 8 p.m. in central Shasta County, with as much as 1.55" of rain in the downtown Redding area in 45 minutes.
Expect hail and flooding across the area.
Behind the overnight and morning rain is a front of cold air - meaning it's going ot stay pretty gusty out there this into this evening.
We're seeing heavy rain in the Bangor area, lightning through Shasta County and hail in parts of Redding.
We can expect periods of moderate to heavy snow in the mountains of Western Plumas and Northern Sierra Nevada today, where a Winter Storm Warning is in effect.
Locally heavy amounts of snow are also possible in the Shasta mountains over the next 24 hours, however higher amounts will be above pass levels.
Snow levels will trend down to around 4500 to 5500 feet this afternoon.
Heavier snow and rain will start to descrease from north to south overnight.
Snow levels lower to around 3500 to 4000 feet by tomorrow morning.
Elsewhere, scattered showers are possible overnight with highest chances across the foothills and mountains.
We can expect a chance for some showers Thursday and a chance for some thunderstorms.
Snow levels tomorrow forecast to be around 4000 to 4500 feet.
By Thursday night the storm will be mostly out of the area, but there's a chance for some lingering showers possible Friday, mainly over the northern and eastern mountains.
Rain totals from today into Friday looks to be around 0.25 to 1.25 in the Central Valley with 1 to 3 in the foothills and mountains.
1 to 3 feet of snow, possibly higher over summits is expected above 5000 feet.
We get back to the dry weather Friday into Saturday and hit above normal high temperatures this weekend, with highs around 70 in the Central Valley and mostly upper 40s to mid 60s for the mountains and foothills.
Next work week starts above normal temperatures with a chance for some overrunning light rain Monday morning into late Tuesday.
Parts of the forecast area are forecast to clear out next Wednesday with the exception of the Northeast.
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