Weather watch: Arcade Creek surpasses flood stage

Bee staff reports

Portion of White Rock Road closed

9:35 p.m.

A portion of White Rock Road south of Highway 50 between Placerville Road and Scott Road is closed now through Friday morning due to flooding and debris, according to the Folsom Police Department.

– Kevin Yamamura

Arcade Creek back to monitor stage

9 p.m.

Arcade Creek in Sacramento County has receded to just below flood stage, according to to Sacramento County’s Alert System web page. As of 9 p.m., It measured at 76.28 feet, just less than flood stage of 76.34 feet.

Power out in South Natomas

8:37 p.m.

There is a power outage in South Natomas affecting 1,117 customers, according to the Sacramento Municpal Utility District online Outage Map. Power is expected to be restored by 9:40 p.m., according to SMUD.

– Anthony Sorci

Arcade Creek surpasses flood stage

8 p.m.

Arcade Creek in Sacramento County has swollen to 76.37 feet, barely over the creek’s flood stage of 76.34 feet, according to Sacramento County’s Alert System web page.

– Anthony Sorci

Robust rainfall in Auburn

7:45 p.m.

24-hour rainfall totals as of 7 p.m. Thursday, as provided by the National Weather Service:

▪ Downtown Sacramento: 1.36

▪ Roseville: 1.66

▪ Placerville: 1.47

▪ Auburn: 2.32

▪ Davis: 1.42

▪ Redding: 2.0

Johnnie Powell, a meteorologist with the weather service, said the Sacramento area could receive another quarter inch of rain by Friday morning while mountain areas could receive an additional inch.

– Cathy Locke

December rainfall at Blue Canyon far from record

6:12 p.m.

Today’s storm has boosted the rainfall December totals at Blue Canyon in Placer County to 12.06 inches, as of 6 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Here is a tweeted graphic that puts that rainfall total in perspective:

– Anthony Sorci

Arcade Creek into monitor stage

6 p.m.

Arcade Creek in Sacramento County has reached 75.97 feet, more than a foot over the 74.81-foot monitor stage, according to the county’s Alert System web page. The creek’s flood stage is 76.34 feet, according to the county.

– Anthony Sorci

Small stream flood warning issued

5:07 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a small stream flood warning for the Sacramento area as heavy rains continue.

– Anthony Sorci

Tree down on power lines downtown

2:26 p.m.

The Sacramento Fire Department reports that a tree is down on power lines at 14th and H streets in Sacramento. Officials advise motorists to avoid the area and use alternate routes.

– Anthony Sorci

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Storm closes Sugar Bowl, Old Sac holiday show off

12:35 p.m.

  • Sugar Bowl Resort announced that “due to extreme weather, all lifts will be closed for the rest of the day.” The resort expects to reopen tomorrow.
  • The “Macy’s Theatre of Lights” performance in Old Sacramento has been cancelled this evening due to weather concerns, according to organizers. It is expected to resume tomorrow.
  • Heavenly has closed all lifts for the day except for DMZ Carpet and Enchanted Forest Carpet.
  • SactoMoFo announced that the Natomas Food Truck Mania event scheduled for tonight has been canceled. It will return Jan. 19.

- Kevin Yamamura

Third man, dog rescued from American River island

12:25 p.m.

A third man and a dog were removed from an island in the American River near Howe Avenue Thursday morning.

The call came in to the Sacramento Fire Department at around 9:06 a.m. when Sacramento County park rangers alerted crews that multiple people were stranded, according Battalion Chief Johnathan Burgess.

Burgess said the men were not in distress but had no way of getting off the island. He expected water levels to rise as a storm was expected to sweep over Sacramento Thursday.

Rescue crews initially removed two men from the island by boat at around 9:43 a.m. They carried backpacks and sleeping bags as they disembarked from the rescue boat and onto higher ground.

Roughly 30 minutes later, a man and his dog were also brought in to the Howe Avenue parking lot by boat. The parking lot was partially flooded.

Fire Department spokesman Chris Harvey warned of more flooding to come and said the department was asking people to stay away from waterways for the next few days.

"With the rain and the weather that's still coming, we expect the river levels to rise significantly from where they are now," Harvey said.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department also responded to the call. Rescue divers and medics were at the scene as a precautionary measure, Burgess said.

- Nashelly Chavez

‘Considerable’ avalanche danger in Sierra Nevada


The Sierra Avalanche Center this morning issued a warning of “considerable” avalanche danger near and above the treeline for the next 24 hours. Natural avalanches are possible and human-caused ones are considered likely.

A storm Thursday and Friday will increase the risks of avalanches caused by “wind slabs,” large cohesive blocks of snow caused by wind, which can break apart into snowfalls, according to the center. Wind is expected to reach 100 mph in the Sierra.

The “deep slabs” pose another problem – similar cohesive blocks of snow that can break apart. Slabs are 3-5 feet deep in the Sierra and heavy snow and rain are expected to make them worse. Two to three feet of snow is expected in the higher elevations.

The center recommends that backcountry skiers and hikers use “careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making.”

A skier died in an avalanche Saturday near Mount Rose Ski Resort northeast of Lake Tahoe.

- Brad Branan

Sacramento ice rink closed for the day

11:30 a.m.

The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink at St. Rose of Lima Park is closed today due to weather conditions, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership announced.

El Dorado Fire reschedules Santa Run

11:20 a.m.

The El Dorado Fire Department cancelled its Santa Run fundraiser on Thursday evening and rescheduled it for Monday, due to the severe weather.

“We want to inform our community that Santa has made the official decision to keep his reindeer home (Thursday night),” the department posted on Instagram Wednesday.

Santa will arrive at the following locations Monday:

6:05 p.m.: William Brooks School, 3610 Park Drive

6:35 p.m., Park View Heights, 2925 Ridgeview Drive.

7:15 p.m.: Brisbane Circle and Saint Andrews Dr.

7:40 p.m.: Clermont Way

7:40 p.m.: Highland Park neighborhood, Highland Hills Drive near Glenmore Way

- Jessica Hice

Rancho road closure

11:20 a.m.

City of Rancho Corodova reports on Twitter that the southbound lane near Zinfandel Drive and Sunrise Boulevard is closed due to a downed road sign.

The city estimates the road will be open by noon Thursday.

10:50 a.m.

The California Department of Transportation reported on Twitter that water was flowing over Highway 99 between Wilson Landing Road and Garden Brook Drive north of Chico due to storm. The roadway is still open, but motorists are urged to drive with caution.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service is warning motorists to avoid driving over flooded roads to avoid their vehicle stalling or worse. The weather service says as little as 6 inches of water can wash away someone standing in the road, and a foot of water can move a small car.

- Ryan Sabalow

Firefighters use boat to rescue two from island on American River

10:40 a.m.

Firefighters rescued two homeless men Thursday morning from an island on the American River near Howe Avenue. A call was received about 9 am. to Sacramento City fire dispatchers about the need for a rescue. A boat was launched to rescue the men who were trapped on the island as the river became higher and more swift. The men were not injured, said Sacramento Fire Department Battalion Chief Jonathan Burgess.

- Nashelly Chavez

Effects of rising waters on parks, bike trail

10:07 a.m.

Sacramento County reported that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will increase water releases from Folsom Lake to 35,000 cubic feet per second on Thursday.

The rising river level has prompted closures of Discovery and Howe Avenue parks from Thursday to Sunday.

In addition, Watt Avenue and Gristmill Parks, Campus Commons Golf Course, William Pond and the American River Parkway trail at mile 20 will be closed Thursday through Sunday.

- Bill Lindelof

Firefighters rescuing person from island

9:40 a.m.

Sacramento Fire Department firefighters were responding to help a person stranded by rising water in the American River.

Firefighters were attempting to rescue a person stranded on an island just upriver from the Howe Avenue boat ramp. More details to come from Bee reporter and photographer on scene.

- Bill Lindelof

Strong winds on Thursday as front moves into area

9:10 a.m.

Strong southerly winds are expected to spread southward to the Sacramento area Thursday during the morning hours.

A wind advisory will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Wind 20-to-25 mph, gusting to 37 mph, is forecast for the Sacramento region.

Winds will decrease from north to south, becoming light Thursday night as the Pacific frontal system shifts out of the area, according to the National Weather Service.

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- Bill Lindelof

Homeless warned to clear near rivers

8:30 a.m.

In advance of the storm, law enforcement has been up in the sky warning the homeless camping along the rivers to move to higher ground.

A helicopter with officers aboard circled near Glen Hall Park in the River Park neighborhood of Sacramento Wednesday afternoon. A crew member aboard used a loud speaker to warn of the rise occurring on the American River.

Because of the changing nature of the river, officials advise people to use caution around area waterways and to stay on high ground.

In addition, the National Weather Service warns that significant runoff through creeks and streams is likely to cause the Truckee River near Truckee to exceed flood stage by early Thursday.

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- Bill Lindelof

Temperatures running warm - that will change

8 a.m.

The significant rainfall expected on Thursday will initially be accompanied by warm temperatures.

Ahead of the weather front Wednesday morning snow levels in the Sierra were around 7,000-to-8,000 feet elevation level. Tonight the snow levels could lower to pass levels at 6,000-feet elevation.

On Friday, snowfall will lessen but occur at lower levels, perhaps down to 2,000 or 3,000 feet elevation.

“It’s going to get cold once we get into Friday,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Smith.

In addition, on Friday night into Saturday morning temperatures could fall to 30 degrees in Sacramento.

- Bill Lindelof

Detailed forecast through Friday

7:30 a.m.

The detailed forecast from the National Weather Service for the Sacramento region:

Thursday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 59. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 22 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 43. South southwest wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. West northwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

- Bill Lindelof

Timing of storm in Sacramento

7 a.m.

The brunt of the strong Pacific storm projected to hit Northern California with lots of rain is expected arrive in Sacramento in full force around late afternoon.

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“We are getting a little light rain now ahead of the front,” said National Weather Service forecaster Mike Smith. “The winds will start picking up as we get into the late morning hours. The heaviest rains will come late this afternoon around 4 p.m. We might just be getting into it during the commute.”

Rainfall amounts through tonight are expected to add up to 1.5 to 2 inches, Smith said.

Rain was beginning to fall early Thursday morning.

- Bill Lindelof

River running high as dams release water

Water releases from Folsom Lake were pegged to reach 15,000 cubic feet per second, according to the Sacramento Fire Department.

The release will cause the American River to run higher and faster than normal. Due to rising river levels, Sacramento County officials announced that Discovery Park, along with the Howe Avenue access point and miles 0 to 3 on the American River Parkway bike trail, are closed through Monday morning.

- Cathy Locke

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