US weather: ‘Atmospheric river’ storm sees California hit by heavy rain and snow | US News

Heavy rain and snow has hit parts of California, just days after a devastating bomb tornado hit the United States.

When Californians are about to ring New YearAuthorities have issued evacuation orders for some northern areas of the US state due to the risk of flooding.

Towns and villages around Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area were among the hardest hit by Saturday’s deluge, with up to 3.7 inches (9.3 in) of rain. cm) during the day.

Rainfall in downtown San Francisco on Saturday reached 3.3 inches (8.3 cm) on Saturday afternoon, one of the highest daily rainfall since 1994.

Photos showed major roads closed due to flooding, while a section of the popular US Highway 101 south of the city was also closed on Saturday.

Total rainfall in the surrounding San Francisco Bay area was up to 4 inches (10cm), while up to 5.3 inches (14cm) was recorded east of Sacramento, near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

A woman is seen being rescued from a stalled car in flood water in the town of Pleasant Hill, northeast of San Francisco. Other images show roads across northern California closed due to the rock slide.

Nurse Katie Leonard, left, hands a cup of hot tea to Patsy Costello, 88, as she was stuck in her car for more than an hour on Astrid Drive in Pleasant Hill, California, on Saturday, December 31, 2022 .
Nurse Katie Leonard hands a cup of tea to Patsy Costello, 88, as she sits in her car in Pleasant Hill, California. Photo: AP
Nurse Katie Leonard, left, assists Scott Mathers, right, as they rescue Mathers' mother, Patsy Costello, 88, after being trapped in her car for more than an hour on Astrid Drive in Pleasant Hill, California, on Thursday Saturday, December 31, 2022.
Miss Costello was taken to safety. Photo: AP

Homes in the Sacramento area were without power, with about 153,000 customers affected Saturday, according to the Sacramento City Utilities Department (SMUD).

Meanwhile, in the east, in the Sierra Nevada mountains, experts warn of up to 2 ft (0.6 m) of snow.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Sacramento warned of dangerous driving conditions and posted photos on Twitter showing traffic on snow-covered passes.

The wet weather pattern is being called an “atmospheric river storm”, pulling a long and wide plume of moisture from the Pacific Ocean.

Meteorologist Courtney Carpenter said the storm could drop an inch of rain in the Sacramento area before moving south.

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This is the first of many hurricanes expected to sweep through California in the next week.

Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a meteorologist at the NWS in Sacramento, said the current system is expected to be warmer and wetter, while next week’s storms will be colder.

This photo provided by Micah Crockett, Weaverville Maintenance Supervisor of District 2, shows heavy machinery moving a rock slide on State Route 299, in Trinity County, between Burnt Ranch and Hawkins Bar in Burnt Ranch, California, Saturday, December 31, 2022.
A rock slide on State Route 299, in Trinity County, California Photo: AP

It comes later The central and eastern parts of the United States were hit by an American bomb stormbringing huge snowstorms and cold snaps down to -45C.

More than 200 million people – about 60% of the US population – were subject to some form of winter weather advisory or warning in late December, with the National Weather Service calling it a “winter storm”. history”.

The storm has killed at least 57 people in the US, and four more in Canada after a bus ran over an icy road in British Columbia.

In the US, 28 deaths have been in New York state, most in Erie County, where the main city of Buffalo has been hit hard.


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