As a major storm approaches the Sierra Nevadas, people are preparing for the worst. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning which will start Saturday at 4pm and last for 24 hours. More than a foot of heavy snow is expected to fall in the mountains during this period, and gusts may reach up to 50 mph.
So far, parts of Highway 120 and Highway 41 are closed. Previous storm damage has made it necessary to close the roads to motorists. Emergency road repairs are underway, yet it can be difficult to complete comprehensive repair during the winter. Drivers who plan on heading to Yosemite or other areas in the mountains should take Highway 140 instead.
Highway 50 is down to one lane in one area due to a landslide near Pollock Pines. Anyone planning on going to Lake Tahoe should plan extra time.
Heavy snow could cause additional road closures, so it’s always a good idea to check the road conditions before traveling. Many people are expected to head up to the mountains on Friday before the storm hits.
Just south of Lake Tahoe at Phllips Station, the snowpack so far is about 179% of average. In other areas, the level is closer to 200% of average. These numbers can be remarkable on their own, but they’re even more so given the fact that much of California has been facing drought conditions for five years.
This amount of precipitation is great news for the most part, but some structures, roads, and public workers have struggled to keep up with it. Dams are overflowing, creeks are running more like rivers, and flooding has been a common occurrence this year. In some areas, the roads have succumbed to the elements, but the state and regional departments in charge of them will have a chance to catch up with repairs this spring.
Redding, CA is utopia of tranquility, harmony, and acceptance. It is a monolith of society, a treasure of California that must be showcased and emulated by all of its surrounding cities. From sweeping grasslands to the the urban sprawl of the Hilltop, there’s no better city in California to settle into than this proud metropolis. Unfortunately, extreme weather conditions have jeopardized the serene scene that usually befits Redding. Storms of all shapes, severity and volume have deluged all of Shasta County, with Redding taking a huge brunt of the damage and wear. While most of northern California is accustomed to precipitation, the sheer amount of strife inflicted upon this bustling city has the citizens and government scrambling for cover.
Mother nature was definitely not merciful to the city of Redding on Monday, as she unleashed a veritable downpour upon the entire populace. Eight inches of rain was the nature of the order, and the ensuing chaos caused backups and traffic jams on streets and highways alike. The historic I-5 was no exception, suffering from a torrential flood that had drivers scrambling for purchase on the suddenly more liquid than solid freeway. Flooding was so extensive that the San Joaquin River reported a levy breach that warranted partial evacuation of the area. Though conditions in the area eventually stabilized and the flash flood warning put out throughout the area was rescinded, the impact of such a forceful happening could be felt for days on end. Meanwhile in the Sierra, meteorologists predicted an onslaught of snow, a frozen counterpart to the troublesome precipitation that has plagued the county in recent times. Residents of the area are advised to exercise extreme caution when going about all daily activities and errands, for the sake of safety and public security.
While Redding doesn’t always make the news, its sporadic appearances in the national spotlight are always a force to be reckoned with. Residents of the city and sleep secure knowing that though this unpredictable weather system has wreaked much havoc, it has also brought fame.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast living in the United States, it is hard to miss the famed Pioneer Cabin Tree, in California. The tree was not only more than 1000 years old, but it also became famous worldwide due to a tunnel carved some 137 years earlier. The tunnel under the tree trunk was so large that a car could drive underneath the shaft.
Unfortunately, the giant tree could not withstand a huge wind and flood storm, which forced the Pioneer Cabin Tree to succumb to its death. In a Facebook post, the Calaveras Big Tree Association commented that they lost an old friend as recent powerful storms in California and Nevada caused to tree to fall. Nearly, two thousand comments were posted on the Facebook, which also caused a debate on the impact of human intervention. According to one of the comments, the foundations of the tree were weakened by the giant tunnel carved underneath it. Had it not been for the tunnel, the tree would have survived many more years.
It is notable that the giant tree is from Giant Sequoia family. These trees can grow to a height of almost 250 feet. Besides their height, they are also prominent due to their massive circumference. Perhaps, this is the reason why loggers carved a beautiful tunnel at the bottom, which continued to attract tourists from around the world. In California, there are hundreds of prominent picture of the Pioneer Cabin Tree displayed around major public spots. The tree had become a sort of celebrity for outdoor enthusiasts who would often hold a picnic under the shaft. Similarly, it was equally popular with couples and families. Pictures of outdoor enthusiasts dating back to 19th century still exist.
According to weather experts, the area was severely hit by strong storms that also included torrential rains and floods. The wind speed and flowing water would have damaged the roots causing the tree to fall. The National Weather Service released a special statement claiming that the Russian River in California and the Truckee River in Nevada burst their banks. As a result, an intense weather system was created in the area, named Pineapple Express. Irrespective of the announcement, it is clear that the United States will be without one of its most symbolic trees.