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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More Snow.


We have been getting quite a bit of rain and snow in the higher elevations with these last storms. I recently had to go to Burney and Alturas and several other small towns on the way. There was a lot of fresh snow on this trip.


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Monday, January 7, 2008

Traveling North

entering Yreka on Oberlin Road from Montague
at the summit of I-5 near the 89 on ramp
I had to go north today after doing my Redding route. It was a beautiful day after the three days of rain and snow from the huge storm we had over the weekend. We are expecting more rain and snow again tomorrow.

beautiful Mount Shasta covered with fresh snow seen from I-5 close to Dunsmuir
I-5 northbound above Dunsmuir heading up the grade

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Winter Storm

Due to blizzard conditions in the mountains, road closures and power outages, the Mt. Shasta Ski Park was closed on Friday, Jan. 4. The Park reported receiving 28 inches of snow during the 24 hour period ending at 5 a.m. on Jan. 4. Snow fell for much of the day Jan. 3 in the town of Mt. Shasta before turning to a combination of snow and rain during the night. Heavy snow continued to fall at higher elevations.






Saturday, January 5, 2008

Monster Storm - part 2

The first part of the big storm has passed and we are into the second phase now. A little clearing today before part 2 gets here. Parts of Redding's west side near Whiskeytown Lake got more than 8 inches of rain yesterday. They say Redding only got a couple of inches...
Wind gusts were clocked at 82 mph at the airport. Thousands of people were without power as trees and power lines came down.

Our next forecast:

HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE TODAY...

UNSTABLE AIR WILL SPREAD OVER INTERIOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TODAY. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP BY LATE AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO THE EARLY EVENING. THUNDERSTORMS MAY CONTAIN LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN AND SMALL HAIL.

WITH THE GROUND SATURATED FROM YESTERDAY'S RAINFALL...LOCALIZED FLOODING WILL BE POSSIBLE NEAR HEAVIER SHOWERS. HAIL MAY ACCUMULATE ON THE ROADS AND CREATE SLIPPERY AND ICY CONDITIONS AT TIMES. HEAVIER SHOWERS MAY LOWER SNOW LEVELS IN THE FOOTHILLS DOWN TO 2500 FEET THIS AFTERNOON. ONE TO TWO INCHES OF SNOW COULD ACCUMULATE VERY
QUICKLY...CREATING HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Big Winter Storms

Our weather has changed recently. We have had several winter storm warnings. Today I ran into a blizzard going to Burney. The winds were quite strong also but will be worse tonight.
We have another Blizzard warning:

BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM FRIDAY TO 4 AM PST SATURDAY UNTIL 1:15AM PST

Urgent
- Winter Weather Message National Weather Service Sacramento CA 513 PM PST Thu Jan 3 2008
Snow Is Moving Into The West Slopes Of The Northern Sierra Nevada Range. Snow Levels Are Around 3500 To 5000 Feet Tonight Into Friday And Then Drop To Around 3000 Feet Saturday Morning. Snowfall Amounts From 2 To 4 Feet Are Expected Above 5000 Feet And Up To 6 Feet Are Possible In The Highest Elevations By Saturday Afternoon. Snowfall Is Likely To Accumulate At A Rate Of Several Inches Per Hour At Times Through The Warning Period...The Heaviest Snowfall Is Expected Friday. In Addition To The Heavy Snowfall...Strong Winds Are Expected. Wind Speed Gusts In Excess Of 65 Mph Are Expected With The System Tonight With Wind Gusts In Excess Of 100 Mph Possible On Friday. The Combination Of Heavy Snow And Powerful Wind Will Likely Cause Frequent Whiteout Conditions And Blowing And Drifting Snow. Drifting Snow Due To The High Winds And Copious Amounts Of Snow May Cause Large Snow Drifts To Form. Travel Over The Higher Passes Will Be Very Difficult...If Not Impossible At Times Between This Evening And Saturday Morning.