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Wind-whipped storm causes road closures, parkway flooding

Flooding and high river flows along the American River Parkway

Mile 21 of the American River Parkway is flooded, and the river is flowing fast after early February storms and heavy reservoir releases.
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Mile 21 of the American River Parkway is flooded, and the river is flowing fast after early February storms and heavy reservoir releases.

Spillway flows halted at Oroville Dam due to concrete erosion

4 p.m.:

Flows from the Oroville Dam spillway were temporarily halted Tuesday to investigate concrete erosion on the bottom half of the spillway, according to the state Department of Water Resources.

A department news release said there is no anticipated threat to the dam or the public. Flows from the dam were gradually reduced until they were entirely halted about noon Tuesday.

The reservoir has sufficient capacity to capture projected inflows for at least three days, and releases are expected to resume from the gated spillway late Tuesday at a rate deemed safe following the inspection, the news release said.

Sinkholes prompt closure of El Dorado County road

3:30 p.m.:

Mount Aukum Road in El Dorado County has been closed indefinitely in both directions due to multiple sinkholes, the county Transportation Division announced Tuesday.

The road is closed at the north end at the north fork of the Cosumnes River Bridge and at the south end at Happy Valley Road, just north of Grizzly Flat Road, according to a county news release.

RT still working on Gold Line repair ahead of afternoon commute

2:45 p.m.:

RT security chief Norm Leong says crews are trying to fix the Gold Line that runs between Sacramento and Folsom before the afternoon commute.

Cyclists and runners, beware: American River Parkway is flooded in parts

1:40 p.m.: Another big storm and heavy releases from reservoirs have again caused flooding along the American River Parkway. Sacramento County Parks says the following are closed at the moment:

  • Discovery Park
  • Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail is closed from Miles 0-4 and Miles 6-10 due to flooding and debris
  • Watt Access
  • Howe Access
  • Harrington Access
  • Footbridge at Lower Sunrise Park
  • Parkway Mile 21 has a detour on a park road

Fewer customers without power

11:20 a.m.:

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District reports that power outages are affecting 89 customers in the region, including 27 in the Wilton-Herald area and 26 in the North Sacramento area. Earlier in the morning, 964 total customers were without power.

The Sacramento River on Tuesday morning at I Street and Tower bridges.

Snow totals: 37.25 feet this season at Boreal

10:30 a.m.:

Snow continues to pile up in the Sierra, the National Weather Service reports:

Updated rainfall totals

Sacramento Executive Airport has received 1.33 inches in the past 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service:

Mudslide forces traffic restrictions on Highway 50

10 a.m.: Caltrans reports that a mudslide has required one-way controlled traffic on Highway 50 over a three-mile stretch east of Ice House Road.

Major ski resorts close due to dangerous conditions

9:55 a.m.: Even though you can drive up to the Sierra without chain restrictions for now, the warm storm is limiting activities today.

So far, Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Sierra at Tahoe have announced closures. “Conditions are very wet and heavy today causing increased avalanche conditions,” Squaw Alpine Mountain Operations posted on Twitter this morning.

Boreal Mountain Resort, Heavenly Lake Tahoe and Northstar California are open.

I-80 lanes to close for emergency pavement repairs

9:47 a.m.: Caltrans will close several lanes on a portion of Interstate 80 in north Sacramento for emergency storm-related repairs – and is warning drivers to expect delays of up to a half hour.

Crews will close two lanes on eastbound 80 between Winters Street and Longview Drive from noon to 3 p.m. Two lanes will remain open during that time. Workers will repair pavement that has cracked and developed potholes due to storm water.

Mudslide closes portion of Highway 70

9:30 a.m.:

Highway 70 west of Twain in Plumas County is closed, according to the California Highway Patrol:

Highway 50, Interstate 80 open over Sierra Nevada

8:32 a.m.:

Caltrans reports both major highways over the summit, 80 and 50, in the Sierra are open and flowing freely. The storm, which is warm, is dropping a combination of light snow and rain on mountain passes.

The state reports, however, it is closing Highway 20 from near Nevada City to I-80 due to flooding in the Bear Valley area. Culvert pipes cannot keep up with heavy rains. Local residents will be allowed through to their homes.

The state also has issued wind warnings though for I-80 in Solano County and the Bay Area, advising that large vehicles are not recommended for travel Tuesday morning.

The Capitol Corridor train service is reporting systemwide delays.

Portion of Highway 20 closed

8:25 a.m.:

Flooding causes the closure of a portion of Highway 20 in Nevada City area, according to the State Department of Transportation:

Peak winds 40 mph-plus

8:15 a.m:

Northern California wind gust roundup from the National Weather Service:

Road closure update

7:55 a.m.:

Road closures caused by the storms: Highway 89 in Emerald Bay and Highway 16 in Yolo County, as reported by the state Department of Transportation:

Creeks are rising

7:50 a.m.:

Deer Creek has reached flood stage at Scott Road in eastern Sacramento County, according to the county's flood monitors. Scott Road often floods during intense storms.

Nearby, the Michigan Bar sensor on Cosumnes River remains at a “monitor stage” below flood level.

An area business braces for more water as the low lands area near Sloughhouse, CA experiences flooding on Feb. 7, 2017.

Power outage update

7:47 a.m.:

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is report that 964 customers are without power in the Sacramento area, including 404 in the Executive Airport area.

A lot of rain and plenty of wind

7:28 a.m.:

Wind and rain have socked Sacramento the past 24 hours – and even more is expected later in the week.

Current weather conditions, forecast | Current traffic conditions

The warm and very wet storm has soaked an already sodden Sacramento region. Rain and blustery conditions are expected to continue through the day.

Another quick-hitting and wet storm is expected Thursday.

Rainfall totals the past 24-hours as of 6 a.m.: 1.47 inches at Sacramento’s Executive Airport, 1.26 in Rancho Cordova, 1.14 in Elk Grove, 1.14 at Folsom Lake, 1.38 in Orangevale, 1.37 in Lincoln and 1.29 in Auburn.

Winds blew steady at 18 mph at 6 a.m. at Executive Airport, gusting to 31 mph.

The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Tuesday: Rain before 4 p.m., then showers likely after 4 p.m. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 62. Windy, with a south wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight: Showers likely before 10 p.m., then rain, mainly after 10pm. Low around 58. South southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Rain. High near 64. South southeast wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday night: Rain, mainly after 4 a.m. Low around 58. South southeast wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 61. South southeast wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Thursday night: Rain before 10 p.m., then showers likely after 10 p.m. Low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

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Drone footage shows high water in our region at the Rio Vista bridge, Yolo Bypass, lower American River and the bypass just south of Highway 50. John Hannon video from Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, illustrates the incredible accumulation of winter storms

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Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Friday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 60.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

Drone footage shows high water in our region at the Rio Vista bridge, Yolo Bypass, lower American River and the bypass just south of Highway 50. John Hannon video from Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, illustrates the incredible accumulation of winter storms

Roundup in the rain

7:17 a.m.:

Armed with ropes and grain buckets, handlers had to round up three horses in the rain after they escaped their enclosure and were too close to the onramp at Interstate 80 and Auburn Boulevard.

The horses have been caught. CHP was on the scene during the wet roundup.

A horse owner and a friend helped gather three horses from a field near the Auburn Boulevard onramp near Interstate 80. California Highway Patrol officers directed traffic to allow the horses to be walked safely across the road to their home. The

SMUD working to restore electricity

6:59 a.m.:

SMUD is reporting 950 customers without power. About 400 of those are near Executive Airport, while another 200 are in Arden Arcade.

Toppled trees in Davis, Sacramento area

6:47 a.m.:

A tree has fallen on the roadway at San Juan Avenue and Robin Road in Fair Oaks, leading to slow traffic that has caused one accident this morning, according to CHP dispatch logs. The non-injury accident involved three vehicles.

In Davis, a large tree is being cut up and taken away after being blown over into the roadway at northbound Poleline Road and Lehigh Drive. Police are advising motorists to avoid the area.

With winds howling and rain falling, some trees came down in Sacramento. Here's a look at images of some of the fallen ones all across town.

Winds disrupt light rail from Folsom to Sacramento

6:30 a.m.:

Buses will be ferrying riders between Folsom and Sacramento on Tuesday due to a wind-caused disruption of light rail.

Regional Transit’s Operations Manager Mark Lonergan said the high winds overnight caused a big section of the power line for trains on the Gold Line between 59th Street and 65th Street to come down.

A fiberglass insulator broke from storm damage, which caused tension in the line to be released, resulting in a lot of damage. The power line came down to the ground along the RT right-of-way and other equipment was broken.

“We are down for probably most of today,” Lonergan said.

A bus bridge is in place from Folsom to 29th Street, virtually all of the Gold Line.

“We are encouraging people to find other transportation alternatives today,” Lonergan said. “Certainly we will have the buses in places, but expect a slow trip today as we work on repairs.”

Crews will be working on the problem during the day, but is unclear if the problem will be fixed by the evening commute.

This animated video from the National Weather Service is part of "Turn Around, Don't Drown" campaign put forward by the National Weather Service. It shows the potential danger presented when vehicles are driven into flooded conditions and offers a

To demonstrate hydroplane conditions and how to recover, CHP Officer Dan Wright takes The Sacramento Bee for a spin on the academy's hazardous-conditions track in West Sacramento. Cut the risk of hydroplaning by reducing speeds.

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