Storm brings rain, wind and snow to county
WAITING FOR HANGTOWN Christmas Parade participants is Donna, right, and John McPherson Sunday in the Mountain Democrat parking lot after the parade was cancelled due to inclement weather. This was the first time the parade was cancelled in it's 35 years as an annual, local tradition. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
A series of storms feeding off of tropical moisture from the Pacific were expected to continue to impact northern California and the Pacific Northwest throughout much of the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm was forecast to bring rainfall totals of between 10 and 20 inches along with several feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada. Flood and flash flood watches and warnings were in effect from central to northern California, with coastal areas being the hardest hit.
In El Dorado County, especially heavy rainfall and strong winds were forecast for Saturday evening through Sunday with gusts up to 36 mph in some places. The county was on flood watch until 4 p.m. Sunday.
Monday was expected to be clear but with a chance of rain returning on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday was expected to be clear again.
Drivers headed to Tahoe on Friday were required to have chains on their cars from Twin Bridges to Meyers. Chains were also required on all vehicles from the Alpine/El Dorado County line to 2.7 miles south of the junction with U.S. Highway 50.
Rain and snow showers were expected in the Lake Tahoe area throughout the weekend. Monday was expected to be clear with a chance of rain returning Tuesday through Thursday.
So far damage has been minor from the storm according to fire and medical dispatch reports. Fallen trees, downed power lines and multiple minor automobile accidents constituted the bulk of the damage as of Friday, Nov. 30.
While no major flooding has been reported in most areas of the county, residents and businesses are advised to monitor areas prone to flooding and to take appropriate action.
Deputy Matt Cathey, who is the coordinator of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, said on Friday that to date most of the flooding in the county was “nuisance flooding” caused by debris falling into drains. He reminded residents that if they need sandbags, they are available for free at all county fire stations.
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