LIVE BLOG: Winter Storm Rips Through the Valley

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Storms have begun moving in throughout Northern California and the Valley this weekend.

Officials anticipate that most of the storms’ activity will reach the region Sunday.

A flood watch has been put into effect for Jan. 7 through as late as Jan. 11 for some areas. In preparation for flooding from high river levels and snow melt, sandbag stations in multiple Northern California counties have opened up. Check FOX40’s list of local places to fill sandbags for free.

Keep up to date on detailed severe weather alerts that include times, dates and recommended actions to take in case there is dangerous storm activity.

You can also take a look at this statewide interactive river map that shows flooding. Or you can take a look at local streams and creeks, here.

Follow along with the FOX40 Digital Team as we update our live storm watch blog below.

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Modesto sandbag self-serve location will be open until 9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at 501 North Jefferson St. 

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Local Residents Haunted by 1997 Floods Brace for Weekend Storms

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Flood warning issued for Alpine County.

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Caltrans says Highway 50 traffic is being held at Twin Bridges, Meyers, Echo Summit and Chiapa Drive for avalanche control. It’s unknown when traffic will start moving again.

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It’s probably best to just stay in today. Here’s a list of what’s new on Netflix.

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We can hear the wind in our newsroom on Fruitridge Road this morning. Sounds like thunder!

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SMUD says the power is out for around 2,586 customers around the Greater Sacramento region

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Please don’t touch downed power lines

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A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for the Yuba River Simpson Lane crossing in Marysville. Yuba College cafeteria, at 2088 North Beale Road, is being opened as a shelter.

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Between 900 and 1,000 people are projected to vote in the local Assembly District 7 Democratic Party delegate elections — despite the rain! 

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Flooding along Green Road in Wilton. Photo courtesy of Teresa M. Laine. 

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Thanks to those of you who tuned in to our Facebook Live with Dennis Shanahan. We’ll do another one later on.

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Video courtesy of YubaNet.

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SMUD reports that over 14,800 customers are without power in North Highlands. Power is estimated to return around 4:35 p.m.

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SMUD reports over 14,800 customers without power in North Highlands. Power should be restored around 4:35 p.m.

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SMUD reports over 14,800 customers without power in North Highlands. Power should be restored around 4:35 p.m.

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Power has been restored to over 14,800 North Highlands SMUD customers.

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Truckee Fire Station 92 has run out of sand and sand bags.

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From the FOX40 weather center, the steady rain will taper off to scattered showers in the valley tonight, but persistent rain will continue to fall in the foothills and Sierra. Snow levels will drop after midnight from 8,000 feet, down closer to 6,000 feet.

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Check this out! Our friend Shannon Massa sent us this video of the raging river right off Highway 50, east of Placerville.

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Traffic Alert: I-80 westbound is closed at Truckee due to a major mudslide. The slide occurred between the Vista point and Donner Lake Rd. Use an alternate route.

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Traffic alert: Crescent Street at Louis Street in Placerville is closed due to a tree in the road. Crescent Street is closed to all traffic. Workers are responding to clear tree out of road. Unknown ETA for closure.

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I-80 is now closed in both directions between Truckee and Donner Summit.
Westbound is closed due to a massive mud/snow slide. Eastbound is closed in the same area due to power lines down across the road.
At this point there is no estimated time of re-opening.

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I-80 at Donner Pass is still closed. FOX40 spoke with Dave Wood from Caltrans, who says crews are making significant progress on the mudslide but they’re also working against the clock. Heavy snow is expected today.

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Good info from South Lake Tahoe Fire & Rescue

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SCHOOL CLOSURES

EL DORADO COUNTY

  • Black Oak Mine Unified School District
  • Lake Tahoe Unified School District
  • Lake Tahoe Community College
  • All Washoe County schools, including Incline Village
  • South Tahoe High (currently used as a Red Cross evacuation center)

SIERRA COUNTY

  • All Sierra County schools, including Loyalton Elementary, Loyalton High School, Sierra Pass, Loyalton Preschool and both Downieville Junior/Senior High and Downieville Elementary School
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Left photo shows Donner Lake’s water levels on Saturday morning. The right shows the lake this morning, now approximately 6 inches higher. 

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A tree fell from Winding Road onto the baseball field at American River College. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lane.

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The American River trail behind American River College has flooded. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lane.

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Photo of a large tree that fell in Copperpolis, courtesy of Don Price.

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Areas of Rio Linda experienced flooding following the storm. Photo courtesy of Anthony Martinez.

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CHP reports that westbound Interstate 80 has reopened from Truckee over Donner Summit with chain controls in effect. Interstate 80 from the Nevada State Line will open soon as well.

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Dry Creek flooding in Roseville, shot by Matthew Hannickel.

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Over the last 24 hours, 15 persons were rescued in Marysville with the assistance of Linda Fire District, Yuba City Fire Department, Yuba County Sheriff, and Marysville Police and Fire units.

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From Sacramento County Regional Parks:

UPDATE:
All County parks are closed with the exception of William B. Pond, Ancil
Hoffman and Hazel Avenue access. Parks officials will continue to monitor river
levels, and there may be additional closures. The river is still running high,
swift and cold, so Parkway visitors are urged to use caution when coming out to
observe the river. Visit the Sacramento County Parks webpage at http://www.sacparks.net
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1,138 PG&E customers are without power in Marysville

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Rio Linda High School is now an evacuation center: 6309 Dry Creek Road, Rio Linda

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Placer County opens emergency shelter in Kings Beach at the North Tahoe Event Center — 8318 North Lake Boulevard (415) 648-5849.

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Additional gates were opened at the Sacramento Weir Wednesday — 35 of 48 gates now open

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