Largest Storm in 5 Years to Hit California

Larget storm in five years

The largest storm since 2009 is bearing down on California right now. The state is expected to get significant rain, unseasonably heavy snow, treacherous oceans waves and dangerously windy conditions beginning on Friday Dec. 12.  

On Wednesday Dec. 10, Northern California began to receive heavy rain and winds with schools in San Francisco and Oakland being closed. Dark clouds are moving in all over the state and numerous roads into the state recreation mountains are being closed because of potential mud slides.

The storm is being generated by what is being called the Pineapple Express. This a heavy and consistent stream of moisture being delivered to the California cost from Hawaii.

Meteorologists are saying it is a narrow but long stream that transports moisture from the tropics into the West Coast. Some parts of San Francisco have already lost power, including the downtown region and this impacted the public transportation system.

Riders on the Bart System in the Bay Area were evacuated from platforms as trains were unable to at departure sites.  It is unclear how quickly power will be restored.

Additionally, to make the morning and evening commutes even more difficult, all scheduled departures of the San Francisco Bay Ferry were cancelled. Wind gusts of more than 100 MPH have been reported. Trees have blown down onto Interstate 80, causing a big rig to crash and block three lanes.

Within the last day, Northern California has received more than 4 inches of rain. The Navarro River, located in Mendocino County, is expected to rise nearly 20 feet by Friday, Dec. 12. California has not experienced a blizzard warning since a storm in January 2008.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a blizzard warning for large swaths of Northern California for communities that are above 6,000 feet. The service is predicting more than 20 inches of snow.

Plan ahead for serious delays to your commute, and if you can, leave early to avoid the afternoon rush. It may also be prudent to stock water, canned goods and generators in the event that Sacramento County loses power this weekend.

From our family to yours, the team of Sacramento personal injury lawyers and support staff at the Arnold Law Firm wishes you well during this upcoming treacherous weekend.