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This funnel cloud was spotted north of Chico Tuesday afternoon around 1:30. Other funnel clouds and a tornado have been spotted in the area.
Photo courtesy: National Weather Service

TEHAMA COUNTY—

The National Weather Service has rated Tuesday’s tornado near Tehama as an EF0, with winds up to 74 mph.

A tornado and multiple funnel clouds were spotted in the small community of Gerber around 2:30 p.m. as serious storms rolled through Northern California.

Other funnel clouds were reportedly seen in the area, but only one tornado has been confirmed.

EF0 rated tornadoes have wind speeds up to 85 mph.

 

Sam Cohen contributed to this report.

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02/19/13

Low Snow Blankets Foothills

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Planes covered in snow in Grass Valley.

GRASS VALLEY-

Low snow: it caught drivers off guard in the foothills on Tuesday, causing more problems the higher you go.

“This Mazda Miata was coming at me sideways, just siding down the hill. And I had to go sideways to get away from him,” said Chris, a bartender from McGee’s.

“It was crazy. There were cars everywhere. I was, like, 25 minutes late,” Jack-in-the-Box manager Daniel Swinfore said.

“There were tons of cars all over the side of the road. People were just abandoning them at some point,” Chris added. “Because this is the first big storm of the year,  people just aren’t used to it.’

So bad that  CalTrans closed I-80 eastbound traffic to big rigs at 2,000 feet, turning them around at Applegate.

“We were sliding around on the road. We were all the way on the other side of the road. It was scary,” said Jack-in-the-Box worker Steevi Saleen.

Low snow blanketed the area by early afternoon. The same postcard picture in neighboring Grass Valley.

Trayton Sieebottom, 12, scooped up a handful of salt to help melt the ice outside of Starbucks.

“You don`t really want them to fall and get hurt,” Sieebottom said.

In old Grass Valley, a pastry sweet image of snow-topped cars, while planes sat still at the airport, surrounded by snow.

At McGee’s pub, Irish Coffee was the popular drink of the day.

A tow truck driver there, said he helped 21 cars out of the snow. Fortunately, there wasn’t anyone hurt.

FOX40 viewers from across our area sent in photos of what Tuesday’s storm was like for them.

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A photo from a backyard in West Sacramento showing pea-size hail.

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Tuesday, the weather in Sacramento was nasty.

It went from cold to rain to hail in just minutes, catching many off guard.

“I came out and ran back in because I wasn’t ready to get messed up by the hail,” said Kemiko Tolon, a Sacramento resident.

“It was raining a little bit, then it started to hail. It hit me and I’m just like, ‘where did it come from?’ It was hard little pebbles. It was kind of scary,” said Dominique Rodriguez, of Sacramento.

Weather in the valley can change quick, so it’s always good to be prepared with a rain jacket and umbrella in the car.

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02/19/13

Tornado Confirmed, Other Funnel Clouds Spotted

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This funnel cloud was spotted north of Chico Tuesday afternoon around 1:30. Other funnel clouds and a tornado have been spotted in the area.
Photo courtesy: National Weather Service

TEHAMA COUNTY-

A tornado and multiple funnel clouds were spotted north of Yuba City as serious storms rolled through California.

The National Weather Service confirms CalFire saw a funnel cloud get near the ground Tuesday afternoon around 2:30.

It was spotted near Tehama, which is north of Chico, near I-5.

Other funnel clouds were seen in the area, but only one has been confirmed as a tornado at this time.

The storm system is now moving east.

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02/19/13

Weather Advisory for Sacramento Co.: Hail Expected, Thunderstorms Possible

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A photo from a backyard in West Sacramento showing pea-size hail.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY-

Yolo and Sacramento counties will be pelted by hail Tuesday afternoon as a line of storms moves east across the valley.

The National Weather Service has issued a Significant Weather Advisory for areas of Eastern Sacramento County until 3 p.m.

They say pea-size hail is expected, and isolated thunderstorms are possible.

FOX40 has gotten reports from viewers in West Sacramento that small hail has covered their backyards.

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Photo courtesy: National Weather Service

BUTTE COUNTY-

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning Tuesday afternoon for Butte County.

The warning was issued less than an hour after a possible tornado was spotted in Tehama County near Proberta.

Severe weather capable of producing a tornado, according to the NWS, is in parts of Butte County, Glenn County and Tehama County.

The warning should last until about 2:45 p.m.

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