Storm Watch Continues as the Region Continues to See Heavy Rain, Wind

SACRAMENTO -- Northern California got hit with another round of wet weather Wednesday, with moderate rain continuing to fall in the Sacramento Valley.

It left behind saturated trees, moist soil and even localized flooding.

Rain, wind and snow will continue to impact our area on Thursday. We may also see a few thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Early Thursday morning, there were already reports of multiple trees down blocking traffic in the roadways.

I-505 between I-5 and Highway 16 in Yolo County were closed down due to heavy flooding. Authorities were diverting traffic to Highway 16.

Several water rescues took place throughout the region. In Butte County, Cal Fire reports firefighters were searching in the area of Lower Honcut Road and Highway 70, where a truck and horse trailer were swept 150 feet off the road. Crews believed the driver was safe but they were still looking for her as of 5 p.m.

Metro Fire reports within 15 hours, two motorists drove around warning signs along Kiefer Boulevard in Sloughhouse and had to be rescued from the flooded roadway.

Winter storm warnings were posted in the snow-laden Sierra Nevada, where the forecast said up to 7 feet (2.1 meters) of new snow could be dumped at elevations above 9,000 feet (2,743 meters).

The National Weather Service recorded winds gusting to 132 mph (213 kph) atop the Mount Rose ski resort southwest of Reno, Nevada.

A backcountry avalanche warning was issued throughout the Sierra.

"We are still trying to dig out of the last system, and we have another big storm here," said Kevin "Coop" Cooper, spokesman for Kirkwood Mountain Resort south of Lake Tahoe.

Snow heavily impacted stretches of vital Interstate 5 in far Northern California, causing closures and forcing tire-chain requirements.

The West's winter storms have greatly aided California's water supply.

The most recent Sierra snowpack survey taken on Jan. 31 was 100 percent of normal to date. More snow has fallen since.

In the Eastern Sierra, the Mammoth Mountain resort reported the latest storm had already added 8 inches (20.3 centimeters) to its summit season total, which is nearing 38 feet (11.5 meters).

Mammoth said it planned to keep its slopes open to skiing and boarding through the Fourth of July, at least.

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