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Scattered thunderstorms expected Thursday afternoon as storm continues

This is how much snow they're getting up at the Sierra ski resorts

Check out the stormy conditions at Kirkwood and absorb how much snowfall these Sierra ski resorts have gotten in the past week, ending March 22, 2018 as winter weather in California continues.
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Check out the stormy conditions at Kirkwood and absorb how much snowfall these Sierra ski resorts have gotten in the past week, ending March 22, 2018 as winter weather in California continues.

Scattered thunderstorms are starting to develop Thursday afternoon in Northern California, where continuing rainfall has caused localized flooding throughout the Sacramento area.

This week’s storm reached a high point Thursday morning, snarling traffic and forcing some mountain road closures.

In Folsom, city crews are reporting several areas of localized street flooding, including at the intersection of East Bidwell Street and Montrose Drive. The city’s Police Department reports that free sandbags are available for city residents.

On eastbound Highway 50 just west of El Dorado Hills/Latrobe Road, two lanes are closed for mudslide/boulder removal work, according to Caltrans.

While local weather should be relatively clear beyond Thursday, more precipitation is predicted not far from Sacramento.

  • A cold, weak system is expected to roll in Friday afternoon and sprinkle snowflakes down to 3,500 feet as late as Sunday morning. Mountain passes are forecast to receive a 1-1/2 to 3 feet of snow Friday through Sunday, with only showers in the Sacramento Valley.
  • Friday morning’s commute should be quite a bit drier than Thursday’s, and those headed up to the snow for a long weekend would benefit from leaving early as well. Prime travel conditions are anticipated from Thursday evening until 4 p.m. Friday during a window between the two systems.
  • A winter storm warning is in place across the western Sierra Nevada until 11 p.m. Thursday, with a less-serious winter storm watch following Friday morning through late Saturday night above 3,000 feet.

  • Highway 89 is closed around Emerald Bay after a snowslide piled powder 15 feet deep in some areas Wednesday, with no plans to reopen for the next few days. Chains controls are in place starting outside Tragedy Spring on Highway 88 and Twin Bridges on Highway 50.
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Four Tahoe-area ski resorts — Kirkwood, Northstar, Heavenly and Diamond Peak in Nevada — reported more than a foot of snow over the last 24 hours. The California Nevada River Forecast Center's meter at Sacramento International Airport picked up more than an inch of rain Wednesday, while half that amount fell at Sacramento State.

During and after a rain storm is an excellent time to visit The Sacramento Zoo. During the summer, crowds of visitors bump elbows for a view of animals trying to beat the heat. When there is rain there are no crowds and the animals are active.

A huge storm hitting California brought with it rockslides that closed Santa Rosa Creek Road in Cambria. Crews worked Wednesday, March 21, 2018, to clean up the rockslide.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, begel@sacbee.com

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