Waterlogged Northern California hit with more heavy rain that causes landslide, road flooding - InfoNews

Current Conditions

0.8°C

Waterlogged Northern California hit with more heavy rain that causes landslide, road flooding

Farheen Sultana fights the wind and rain at Fifth and Santa Clara streets in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. A new storm dumped more rain on already waterlogged parts of Northern California Monday, , causing minor road flooding, scattered power outages and airport delays. (AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News, Gary Reyes) MAGS OUT; NO SALES
December 15, 2014 - 7:38 PM

SAN FRANCISCO - A new storm dumped more rain on already waterlogged parts of Northern California on Monday, causing minor road flooding, scattered power outages and airport delays.

The rain came down hard in the San Francisco Bay Area, making for a treacherous commute. A landslide closed both directions of a highway in Fremont.

At San Francisco International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration reported arrival delays of almost two hours.

The storm dropped an average of between an inch and 2 inches of rain throughout the day in the Bay Area and Sacramento regions before heading to Southern California late Monday and overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

In Butte County, a 4-mile section of Highway 162 shut down after getting flooded by swollen creeks and drainage channels. There is no estimated date to reopen due to continued rain, authorities said.

Yosemite National Park officials said the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads have closed for the season because of deep snow and icy conditions. A series of storms in the last few weeks have left up to 2 feet of snow in the higher part of the park, including Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point.

Still, Monday's storm and another weather system expected later in the week won't be nearly as powerful as the blast that dumped as much as 8 inches of rain in parts of Northern California last week and up to 6 feet of snow in the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada. That storm caused widespread flooding and power outages, including in downtown San Francisco.

And while the storms help, much more rain is needed to pull the state out of its severe drought, forecasters say.

The Sierra Nevada is expected to receive a few inches of snow by Monday morning at elevations above about 5,000 feet, a height that includes most ski resorts, said Eric Kurth, a meteorologist in the weather service's Sacramento office.

The second weather front is expected to dump yet more rain Wednesday in the Bay Area, forecaster Bob Benjamin said.

In Southern California, a cold front is expected to bring rain and mountain snow Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday will be dry, then showers will return Friday and Saturday, the weather service said.

News from © The Associated Press, 2014
The Associated Press

  • Popular vernon News
  • Comments
  • Pier 1 closing all of its stores in Canada
    Pier 1 Imports, Inc. announced today that it has entered into bankruptcy protection and is pursuing a sale. The retailer  commenced voluntary Chapter 11 proceedings in the U.S. Bankrupt
  • Vernon's Atlantis waterpark gets a new name
    A popular Vernon waterpark is starting its transformation with a new name. Formerly known as Atlantis Waterslides, the waterpark, located north of the city along Highway 97, has been renamed
  • Killing of 7-year-old girl stokes anger in Mexico
    MEXICO CITY - The killing of a 7-year-old girl on the southern outskirts of Mexico City has stoked rising anger over brutal slayings of women, including one found stabbed to death and skinned earl
  • Mammoth's tooth found in Williams Lake and preserved for decades by B.C. family
    What was once part of a mammoth-sized smile now is a very old conversation starter in Bryan Johnson's Vancouver home. Johnson's stepfather found a mammoth tooth in a creek at the sou
  • Vernon family captures mesmerizing melting ice
    A Vernon family was on their way home from Kelowna when they made a pit stop after noticing a beautiful scene along Wood Lake. Matthew Royal and his daughters noticed how “cool”
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile