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After a strong weather system that led to downed trees and power outages across the state Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday appear to be calmer for Northern California before another storm this weekend. Thursday brought more rain to the Valley and Foothills but is tapering. Snow will continue to fall in the Sierra through the evening hours. Friday is expected to stay mostly dry before rain and snow comes back.| RELATED | Northern California forecast: Chance for more rain Thursday, with break on Friday| RELATED | 2023 Northern California storm resources: How to sign up for county emergency alerts, report outagesFind the latest forecast and storm updates from across the region below:Wind gusts on Wednesday night topped 50 mph in some areas. Flooding issues from other parts of the state were not an issue for Northern California compared to coastal areas.Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday had declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, Cal OES Director Nancy Ward announced. Officials warned in a Wednesday press conference that widespread flooding was expected in coastal communities and that the rural levee system was the “most vulnerable” infrastructure in the state.The latest severe weather arrived as the region continues to deal with the aftermath of the New Year’s Eve storm that brought heavy rain and strong winds. The weekend storm caused widespread flooding across Northern California, knocked out power for thousands and stranded dozens on flooded roadways. A woman’s body was discovered Wednesday afternoon near a vehicle that was being towed away from floodwaters near Dillard Road east of Highway 99. The Sacramento County coroner identified her as Mei Keng Lam, 57, of San Leandro. Another woman’s body was also found about a half-hour drive away from the location of the first two bodies. She was identified as Katherine Martinez, 61, of Orland, California. On Sunday, authorities discovered a man inside a submerged vehicle who also died in that same area. He was identified Thursday as Steven Sampson, 45, of McAlester, Oklahoma. Residents of Point Pleasant, Glanville Tract and Franklin Pond were ordered to evacuate due to flooding on Sunday. Evacuation orders remain in place. The weekend storm also caused the Cosumnes River to reach its highest level in history and brought flooding to Wilton and parts of south Sacramento County. The county later confirmed Sunday that there had been a double levee breach. County officials have issued a local state of emergency and said they will be collecting damage estimates. Spokesperson Kim Nava said the proclamation will give the county’s director of emergency services the authority to fully use all county resources and personnel to assist with the emergency.They could later seek reimbursement if a state or federal emergency proclamation is issued.LATEST FORECASTRain and snow are moving through Northern California on Thursday but our weather team forecasts less activity as the night goes on.| MORE | Northern California forecast: Chance for more rain Thursday, with break on FridaySnow will keep falling in the Sierra up until 11 p.m. or midnight, meaning you should expect chain controls through the night. Meteorologist Tamara Berg says Friday will give Northern California a chance to dry out across the area.“And we definitely need it because Saturday and Sunday we’re getting into more rainfall. Saturday is an impact day for more rain, more wind, especially queuing up for the evening,” she said.HERE ARE THE LATEST UPDATES:Thursday Updates: 6:48 p.m.: Eastbound Interstate 80 at Castle Peak is being held due to spinouts. Highway 50 at Echo Summit has reopened, but chain controls are still in effect.5:47 p.m.: Placer County announced a local emergency, which opens up access to more resources as stormy weather continues to pose a threat to public safety and property.4:19 p.m.: Westbound Interstate 80 at Truckee has reopened after a jackknifed big rig near Yuba Gap. Crews took about an hour to clear the road.3:20 p.m.: Traffic on Highway 50 at Echo Summit is closed due to avalanche control.2:43 p.m.: Here’s an update on a semi-truck that crashed earlier this morning.2:17 p.m.: Traffic is being held on westbound Interstate 80 at Truckee due to multiple spinouts, Caltrans says.1:28 p.m.: A 19-year-old died after crashing into a utility pole during heavy rain in Fairfield, according to police. During the investigation, police found that Vanden Road had been partially flooded due to heavy rain in the area. The woman was traveling eastbound on Vanden Road when she hydroplaned in standing water, losing control of her vehicle and crashing into the pole, police said.1:11 p.m.: PG&E says power is still out for 115,000 customers in the state. 12:28 p.m.: KCRA 3’s Mike TeSelle has an update on a flooded roadway from Folsom. 11:56 p.m.: The Sacramento County coroner has identified all three people found dead in the southern part of the county in the wake of flooding from the New Year’s Eve storm. They are:Steven Sampson, 45, of McAlester, Oklahoma.Katherine Martinez, 61, of Orland, California.Mei Keng Lam , 57, of San Leandro, California.8:30 a.m.: Here’s an update on reservoir levels.7:44 a.m.: Elk Grove will continue to offer sandbags to its residents today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.7:40 a.m.: The city of Folsom is warning of localized flooding throughout the area.6:40 a.m.: Corral Hollow is closed after the I-580 ramps in Tracy due to a mudslide in the canyon.6:18 a.m.: Big rigs are at maximum restrictions for chain controls in the Sierra, CHP Truckee says.6:10 a.m.: Auburn police warn of debris in the roadway from the storm.5:45 a.m.: Caltrans says that southbound traffic on Highway 99 is no longer reduced to one lane at Sheldon Road in Elk Grove. 5:37 a.m.: County officers in South Lake Tahoe are closed today, El Dorado County officials say.Wednesday Updates:10:21 p.m.: Chain controls are in effect on Highway 50 from Twin Bridges to Meyers.9:46 p.m.: Chain controls are in effect on Interstate 80 from Donner Lake Road to Kingvale.9:42 p.m.: Tree limbs fell on telephone poles along Meiss Road near the Sloughhouse area of Sacramento County.9:31 p.m.: Lincoln had the highest wind gust so far in our area. 9:20 p.m.: Northern California saw dozens of water rescues over the weekend. Cal OES is ready for more rescues if needed with a group of Sacramento firefighters trained in water rescues. KCRA 3’s Jason Marks reports in the video below. 9:10 p.m.: One of the victims of the New Year’s Eve storm has been identified by the Sacramento County coroner as 57-year-old Mei Keng Lam, from San Leandro. Learn more. 9:08 p.m.: Here’s a look at where lightning has been spotted lately and other storm updates. 8:22 p.m.: Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan is talking about the storm on Facebook live.8:11 p.m.: KCRA 3 Reporter Melanie Wingo spotted a downed tree off Highway 16 in the Sloughhouse area of Sacramento County. It is not blocking traffic.7:45 p.m.: Thunder and lightning are moving through Calaveras County, and thunder is showing up on the live radar near Cameron Park.7:41 p.m.: KCRA 3 Reporter Orko Manna is in Grass Valley, where it is wet and windy.7:28 p.m.: Wind gusts have topped 50 mph in some areas. 7 p.m.: KCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan goes over the weather forecast for the coming days. Watch in the video below.6:40 p.m.: There are roughly 140,000 customers across the state without power. Most of them are along the coast. In San Joaquin County, there are about 3,800 customers without power.Track live outages here.6:39 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol is reporting a tree down, blocking a lane on a blind curve along the 3300 block of Appian Way in El Dorado Hills.6:15 p.m.: KCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan releases the strongest winds recorded so far tonight.6 p.m.: In the Clarksburg-Walnut Grove area, many of the 1,500 PG&E customers without electricity went on day four without power late Wednesday evening. The area is one of the hardest hit by outages after the New Year’s Eve storm that hit Northern California.PG&E said it requested assistance from crews in Southern California Edison and West Coast Utilities to help with power restoration although crews struggled with access to flooded areas and downed power lines and trees.The electricity company also gave temporary generators so that the water district could alleviate flooding.Tom Lovering, who has lived in his Clarksburg home for 50 years, is one of the hundreds of residents in the area impacted by the power outage.”We have a small generator that keeps the refrigerator happy. Our biggest problem is that we have well water, and we don’t have any water pressure. We ran out of water on the second day,” Lovering said.Others like Courtney Pitcher, who works at Husick’s Taphouse, said that they’ve had to shut down their entire operations and have lost a good chunk of their product.”The biggest challenge that we have is refrigeration, but we can’t flush the toilets,” Pitcher said.PG&E is setting up on Thursday at the Clarksburg Fire Protection District fire station at 52902 Clarksburg Road to answer customer questions about their outage situation from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The utility will also bring a charging station so that residents can charge small electronics such as phones, tablets and laptops. 5:54 p.m.: Caltrans says a downed tree on eastbound Highway 50 at Bradshaw Road is blocking lanes 2-4.5:46 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol is reporting a tree down on Horshoe Bar Road in the Loomis area of Placer County.5:36 p.m.: Comcast confirmed on Wednesday an outage for Sacramento area Xfinity customers who have been without service for days since the New Year’s Eve storm and warned that tonight’s storm could cause more disruptions.The cable and internet giant blamed the recent outage in part on damage at its plant after trees toppled into powerlines used by one of its plants. 5:35 p.m.: The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said a third body was found inside a submerged vehicle at New Hope Road west of Orr Road. This is west of the Galt area.Days ago, the body of a man was found near Dillard Road east of Highway 99. The body of a woman was also found in this area Wednesday morning. The third body was found roughly a half-hour drive away. The identities of these three have not been released as of Wednesday evening.5:24 p.m.: Wind gusts of 40 mph were recorded in Sacramento, according to KCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan. 5:22 p.m.: The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents who live near or are traveling by the Caldor and Mosquito fire burn scars of possible mudslides and debris flows.The Mosquito Fire burn scar area includes the properties north of Volcanoville Road into the Middle Fork of the American River Canyon, which borders Placer County.The Caldor Fire burn scar includes the town of Grizzly Flats, Mormon Emigrant Trail, Highway 50 Corridor and Christmas Valley in the South Lake Tahoe basin.5:17 p.m.: Winds are picking up in Sacramento, as video by KCRA 3 Reporter Orko Manna shows.5:15 p.m.: Power was restored to almost all 11,000 SMUD customers in the Florin area minutes after the outage was reported at 5:05 p.m.Outages are expected to pop up and be resolved continually amid stormy weather tonight.Track outages here.5:08 p.m.: SMUD customers in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento had their power restored. Meanwhile, an outage in Florin near Cosumnes River Boulevard and Bruceville Road is affecting about 11,000 customers.That outage was reported at 5:05 p.m. There is no estimated time of restoration.Outages are expected to pop up continually amid stormy weather tonight.Track outages here.4:45 p.m.: Yolo County issued a local emergency proclamation due to windy and rainy conditions. The proclamation allows the county to set any rules or mandates deemed necessary for public safety.”The severity of the winter storm in Yolo County highlights the need to take precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of Yolo County residents,” said Oscar Villegas, the chair of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, in an email.4:40 p.m.: KCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan goes over the forecast for tonight and the next few days. Watch in the video below. 4:30 p.m.: The National Weather Service tweeted that the Sacramento International Airport reported 46 mph wind gusts at 3:13 p.m.4:26 p.m.: Here’s an update on the storm timing on the Bay Area.4:21 p.m.: The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, or SMUD, is reporting about 3,800 customers without power in the Oak Park neighborhood near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 12th Avenue.There is no estimated time of restoration.Check outages here.4:20 p.m.: Water rescue crews from Bakersfield are stationed in El Dorado Hills to assist with any possible flooding tonight.2:35 p.m.: Here’s where to get a statewide look at power outages in California. 2:31 p.m.: Some counties in Northern California have closed their parks because they’re worried about falling trees. Here’s another reminder from Sac County. 1:49 p.m.: Here is how to sign up for county emergency alerts.1:34 p.m.: Officials have confirmed a second death of someone near Highway 99 after the New Year’s Eve flooding. A woman’s body was found today around 10 a.m. near Dillard Road, CHP confirmed to KCRA 3. 1:28 p.m.: KCRA 3 has learned there are no plans to cancel tonight’s Kings game at Golden 1 Center due to the storm. 12:25 p.m.: Watch the full press conference organized by Cal OES in the video below where officials outlined the threats from severe weather across the state. 12:03 p.m.: CHP says that chain controls have been lifted on I-80 over Donner Summit but travel is discouraged, especially later tonight. 11:33 a.m.: Karla Nemeth, the Department of Water Resources director for California, says rural levees are the most vulnerable infrastructure in the state. “It’s very easy for smaller communities to get overwhelmed,” she said. She called for people to stay off the roads and said that “high wind events create debris that can exacerbate flooding.” 11:24 a.m.: Here are more updates from the briefing so far about the storm. 11:09 a.m.: Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm, Cal OES Director Nancy Ward just announced.Ward called for people to stay informed by signing up for county emergency alerts and to check on family members and neighbors.”Always follow the direction of local authorities,” she said. “If you are told to evacuate, please do so.” 10:49 a.m.: Capt. Keith Wade with the Sacramento Fire Department joined KCRA 3 on Wednesday morning to explain the difference between when people should call 311 versus 911. Downed trees in a roadway or flooding on roads is a 311 call, he said. It shouldn’t be a 911 call unless the tree has crashed into a home or there is a downed powerline. Wade also urged people not to drive through water that is rushing across streets. It only takes a foot of water to render a sedan incapable, he said. “Use some common sense today,” he said.7:42 a.m.: NWS Sacramento encourages those who must travel to do so before dark.7:22 a.m.: SMUD advises that if a storm knocks down a power line, assume it is energized and call SMUD or 911 immediately. 6:37 a.m.: The National Weather Service in Reno says that snow levels will be rising later today and then falling again overnight. Tuesday Updates:11:12 p.m.: The city of Sacramento is asking people to call 311 if they see street flooding, traffic lights that aren’t working, or downed trees, KCRA 3’s Melanie Wingo reports. 10:20 p.m.: PG&E and SMUD both expect more power outages tomorrow and are sharing storm safety tips. They include: Never touch downed wiresUse generators safely. PG&E recommends they are installed by a licensed electrician and in a well-ventilated area.Use flashlights, not candlesHave a backup phoneHave fresh drinking water and iceTurn off appliancesPrepare an emergency kit, including a portable cell phone charger, flashlight, fresh drinking water, extra batteries, a manual can opener and a battery-operated radio.| Video below | PG&E addresses customers’ long waits for power restoration in San Joaquin County8:51 p.m.: KCRA 3’s Josie Heart spoke to a family that faced days stuck inside their home in Galt after a tree knocked down a power pole next to their property. KCRA 3’s Michelle Bandur spoke to neighbors in Sacramento’s Swanston Estates neighborhood where a massive pine tree fell but avoided powerlines. 7:42 p.m.: Here’s an update from the Sacramento Fire Department. 7:16 p.m.: SMUD says it has restored power to more than 99% of customers whose lights went out in the New Year’s Eve storm. The storm caused more than 120 poles to be blown down and uprooted at least 115 trees. SMUD also warned that Wednesday’s storm is expected to “be worse” with “multiple hours of high winds and gusts exceeding 50mph.” “The ground is now saturated from multiple days of heavy rains and more downed trees and poles are likely,” SMUD said. 5:26 p.m.: San Joaquin County says it will close all regional, community and neighborhood parks on Wednesday in advance of the storm. The closure could last through Thursday or potentially, Friday, too. The county said the Micke Grove Zoo and Micke Grove Regional Park had “significant flooding and wind damage” and will remain closed through Sunday. 5:13 p.m.: There are still more than 1,000 SMUD customers without power. 5:04 p.m.: The National Weather Service says mountain travel is “highly discouraged” tomorrow.4:55 p.m.: KCRA 3’s Melanie Wingo reports that so far the city of Sacramento has received 200 calls about downed trees or limbs. The city expects to continue to be busy through this week with reports into 311.4:16 p.m.: Stockton Unified School District says families should “use caution and allow extra time while traveling to school” on Wednesday. 4:14 p.m.: Sacramento County is also closing all parks due to tree hazards. Read more. 1:01 p.m.: All parks in Stockton are closed due to tree hazards from the weekend storm and forecast high winds Wednesday.12:42 p.m.: Chain controls have been lifted on I-80 over Donner Summit, but CHP is warning of the upcoming system.7:08 a.m.: Chain controls are in place in the Sierra, according to CHP TruckeeDownload our app for the latestHere is where you can download our app for the latest weather alerts.Follow our KCRA weather team on social mediaChief Meteorologist Mark Finan on Facebook and TwitterMeteorologist Tamara Berg on Facebook and TwitterMeteorologist Eileen Javora on FacebookMeteorologist Dirk Verdoorn on FacebookMeteorologist/Climate Reporter Heather Waldman on Facebook and TwitterWatch our forecasts on TV or onlineHere’s where to find our latest video forecast. You can also watch a livestream of our latest newscast here. 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After a strong weather system that led to downed trees and power outages across the state Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday appear to be calmer for Northern California before another storm this weekend.

Thursday brought more rain to the Valley and Foothills but is tapering. Snow will continue to fall in the Sierra through the evening hours. Friday is expected to stay mostly dry before rain and snow comes back.

| RELATED | Northern California forecast: Chance for more rain Thursday, with break on Friday

| RELATED | 2023 Northern California storm resources: How to sign up for county emergency alerts, report outages

Find the latest forecast and storm updates from across the region below:

Wind gusts on Wednesday night topped 50 mph in some areas. Flooding issues from other parts of the state were not an issue for Northern California compared to coastal areas.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday had declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, Cal OES Director Nancy Ward announced. Officials warned in a Wednesday press conference that widespread flooding was expected in coastal communities and that the rural levee system was the “most vulnerable” infrastructure in the state.

The latest severe weather arrived as the region continues to deal with the aftermath of the New Year’s Eve storm that brought heavy rain and strong winds.

The weekend storm caused widespread flooding across Northern California, knocked out power for thousands and stranded dozens on flooded roadways.

A woman’s body was discovered Wednesday afternoon near a vehicle that was being towed away from floodwaters near Dillard Road east of Highway 99. The Sacramento County coroner identified her as Mei Keng Lam, 57, of San Leandro. Another woman’s body was also found about a half-hour drive away from the location of the first two bodies. She was identified as Katherine Martinez, 61, of Orland, California.

On Sunday, authorities discovered a man inside a submerged vehicle who also died in that same area. He was identified Thursday as Steven Sampson, 45, of McAlester, Oklahoma.

Residents of Point Pleasant, Glanville Tract and Franklin Pond were ordered to evacuate due to flooding on Sunday. Evacuation orders remain in place.

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Point Pleasant is now under an evacuation order. Get out before sunset so you aren’t trying to drive in the dark. Stay safe! https://t.co/SkWsCjojXs

— Sacramento County (@SacCountyCA) January 1, 2023

The weekend storm also caused the Cosumnes River to reach its highest level in history and brought flooding to Wilton and parts of south Sacramento County. The county later confirmed Sunday that there had been a double levee breach.

County officials have issued a local state of emergency and said they will be collecting damage estimates. Spokesperson Kim Nava said the proclamation will give the county’s director of emergency services the authority to fully use all county resources and personnel to assist with the emergency.

They could later seek reimbursement if a state or federal emergency proclamation is issued.

LATEST FORECAST

Rain and snow are moving through Northern California on Thursday but our weather team forecasts less activity as the night goes on.

| MORE | Northern California forecast: Chance for more rain Thursday, with break on Friday

Snow will keep falling in the Sierra up until 11 p.m. or midnight, meaning you should expect chain controls through the night.

Meteorologist Tamara Berg says Friday will give Northern California a chance to dry out across the area.

“And we definitely need it because Saturday and Sunday we’re getting into more rainfall. Saturday is an impact day for more rain, more wind, especially queuing up for the evening,” she said.

HERE ARE THE LATEST UPDATES:

Thursday Updates:

6:48 p.m.: Eastbound Interstate 80 at Castle Peak is being held due to spinouts. Highway 50 at Echo Summit has reopened, but chain controls are still in effect.

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5:47 p.m.: Placer County announced a local emergency, which opens up access to more resources as stormy weather continues to pose a threat to public safety and property.

4:19 p.m.: Westbound Interstate 80 at Truckee has reopened after a jackknifed big rig near Yuba Gap. Crews took about an hour to clear the road.

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3:20 p.m.: Traffic on Highway 50 at Echo Summit is closed due to avalanche control.

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2:43 p.m.: Here’s an update on a semi-truck that crashed earlier this morning.

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2:17 p.m.: Traffic is being held on westbound Interstate 80 at Truckee due to multiple spinouts, Caltrans says.

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1:28 p.m.: A 19-year-old died after crashing into a utility pole during heavy rain in Fairfield, according to police.

During the investigation, police found that Vanden Road had been partially flooded due to heavy rain in the area. The woman was traveling eastbound on Vanden Road when she hydroplaned in standing water, losing control of her vehicle and crashing into the pole, police said.

1:11 p.m.: PG&E says power is still out for 115,000 customers in the state.

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Update from @PGE4Me:

As of noon – there were 440K customers who lost power. Of that group, power has been restored to 325K.

Power is still out for 115K but the utility expects 40K more to get power back by tonight. https://t.co/HAxOmZmRBB

— kcranews (@kcranews) January 5, 2023

12:28 p.m.: KCRA 3’s Mike TeSelle has an update on a flooded roadway from Folsom.

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11:56 p.m.: The Sacramento County coroner has identified all three people found dead in the southern part of the county in the wake of flooding from the New Year’s Eve storm. They are:

  • Steven Sampson, 45, of McAlester, Oklahoma.
  • Katherine Martinez, 61, of Orland, California.
  • Mei Keng Lam , 57, of San Leandro, California.

8:30 a.m.: Here’s an update on reservoir levels.

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Looking ahead to our next system, which will come through this weekend:

Models indicating that the best rain will fall in basins that flow into Shasta and Oroville. Some rain for the American River Basin, but very manageable inflows at Folsom once again. @kcranews pic.twitter.com/kYu00I9QHY

— Heather Waldman (@KCRAHeather) January 5, 2023

7:44 a.m.: Elk Grove will continue to offer sandbags to its residents today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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7:40 a.m.: The city of Folsom is warning of localized flooding throughout the area.

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6:40 a.m.: Corral Hollow is closed after the I-580 ramps in Tracy due to a mudslide in the canyon.

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6:18 a.m.: Big rigs are at maximum restrictions for chain controls in the Sierra, CHP Truckee says.

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❄️ CHAIN CONTROL UPDATE ❄️

01/05/23 6:15am

• I-80 is R2 in both directions from Truckee to Nyack.

• SR-267 is R2 from Northstar to Kings Beach.

• SR-28 is R2 from Tahoe City to Kings Beach.

• SR-89 is R-1 from Truckee to Tahoe City. pic.twitter.com/3rkGhzpd6H

— CHP Truckee (@CHP_Truckee) January 5, 2023

6:10 a.m.: Auburn police warn of debris in the roadway from the storm.

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5:45 a.m.: Caltrans says that southbound traffic on Highway 99 is no longer reduced to one lane at Sheldon Road in Elk Grove.

5:37 a.m.: County officers in South Lake Tahoe are closed today, El Dorado County officials say.


Wednesday Updates:

10:21 p.m.: Chain controls are in effect on Highway 50 from Twin Bridges to Meyers.

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9:46 p.m.: Chain controls are in effect on Interstate 80 from Donner Lake Road to Kingvale.

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9:42 p.m.: Tree limbs fell on telephone poles along Meiss Road near the Sloughhouse area of Sacramento County.

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Telecommunications line compromised after trees/limbs fell on it. This is off Meiss Road near Sloughhouse, over Deer Creek. Sacramento County crews out looking for trouble spots just like this. Storm damage updates on @kcranews pic.twitter.com/U1u5LbWSGH

— Melanie Wingo | KCRA 3 (@MelWingoKCRA) January 5, 2023

9:31 p.m.: Lincoln had the highest wind gust so far in our area.

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9:20 p.m.: Northern California saw dozens of water rescues over the weekend. Cal OES is ready for more rescues if needed with a group of Sacramento firefighters trained in water rescues. KCRA 3’s Jason Marks reports in the video below.

9:10 p.m.: One of the victims of the New Year’s Eve storm has been identified by the Sacramento County coroner as 57-year-old Mei Keng Lam, from San Leandro. Learn more.

9:08 p.m.: Here’s a look at where lightning has been spotted lately and other storm updates.

8:22 p.m.: Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan is talking about the storm on Facebook live.

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8:11 p.m.: KCRA 3 Reporter Melanie Wingo spotted a downed tree off Highway 16 in the Sloughhouse area of Sacramento County. It is not blocking traffic.

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RIP, big old tree. Another casualty of todays #castorm. This one is off Highway 16/Jackson Road in Sloughhouse area. Not blocking traffic, no apparent injuries related to it. But it looks as if it will be a big job to remove this one. @kcranews pic.twitter.com/6tq9MtoUyn

— Melanie Wingo | KCRA 3 (@MelWingoKCRA) January 5, 2023

7:45 p.m.: Thunder and lightning are moving through Calaveras County, and thunder is showing up on the live radar near Cameron Park.

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7:41 p.m.: KCRA 3 Reporter Orko Manna is in Grass Valley, where it is wet and windy.

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7:28 p.m.: Wind gusts have topped 50 mph in some areas.

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7 p.m.: KCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan goes over the weather forecast for the coming days. Watch in the video below.

6:40 p.m.: There are roughly 140,000 customers across the state without power. Most of them are along the coast. In San Joaquin County, there are about 3,800 customers without power.

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6:39 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol is reporting a tree down, blocking a lane on a blind curve along the 3300 block of Appian Way in El Dorado Hills.

6:15 p.m.: KCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan releases the strongest winds recorded so far tonight.

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6 p.m.: In the Clarksburg-Walnut Grove area, many of the 1,500 PG&E customers without electricity went on day four without power late Wednesday evening. The area is one of the hardest hit by outages after the New Year’s Eve storm that hit Northern California.

PG&E said it requested assistance from crews in Southern California Edison and West Coast Utilities to help with power restoration although crews struggled with access to flooded areas and downed power lines and trees.

The electricity company also gave temporary generators so that the water district could alleviate flooding.

Tom Lovering, who has lived in his Clarksburg home for 50 years, is one of the hundreds of residents in the area impacted by the power outage.

“We have a small generator that keeps the refrigerator happy. Our biggest problem is that we have well water, and we don’t have any water pressure. We ran out of water on the second day,” Lovering said.

Others like Courtney Pitcher, who works at Husick’s Taphouse, said that they’ve had to shut down their entire operations and have lost a good chunk of their product.

“The biggest challenge that we have is refrigeration, but we can’t flush the toilets,” Pitcher said.

PG&E is setting up on Thursday at the Clarksburg Fire Protection District fire station at 52902 Clarksburg Road to answer customer questions about their outage situation from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The utility will also bring a charging station so that residents can charge small electronics such as phones, tablets and laptops.

5:54 p.m.: Caltrans says a downed tree on eastbound Highway 50 at Bradshaw Road is blocking lanes 2-4.

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5:46 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol is reporting a tree down on Horshoe Bar Road in the Loomis area of Placer County.

5:36 p.m.: Comcast confirmed on Wednesday an outage for Sacramento area Xfinity customers who have been without service for days since the New Year’s Eve storm and warned that tonight’s storm could cause more disruptions.

The cable and internet giant blamed the recent outage in part on damage at its plant after trees toppled into powerlines used by one of its plants.

5:35 p.m.: The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said a third body was found inside a submerged vehicle at New Hope Road west of Orr Road. This is west of the Galt area.

Days ago, the body of a man was found near Dillard Road east of Highway 99. The body of a woman was also found in this area Wednesday morning. The third body was found roughly a half-hour drive away.

The identities of these three have not been released as of Wednesday evening.

5:24 p.m.: Wind gusts of 40 mph were recorded in Sacramento, according to KCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan.

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5:22 p.m.: The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents who live near or are traveling by the Caldor and Mosquito fire burn scars of possible mudslides and debris flows.

The Mosquito Fire burn scar area includes the properties north of Volcanoville Road into the Middle Fork of the American River Canyon, which borders Placer County.

The Caldor Fire burn scar includes the town of Grizzly Flats, Mormon Emigrant Trail, Highway 50 Corridor and Christmas Valley in the South Lake Tahoe basin.

5:17 p.m.: Winds are picking up in Sacramento, as video by KCRA 3 Reporter Orko Manna shows.

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5:15 p.m.: Power was restored to almost all 11,000 SMUD customers in the Florin area minutes after the outage was reported at 5:05 p.m.

Outages are expected to pop up and be resolved continually amid stormy weather tonight.

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5:08 p.m.: SMUD customers in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento had their power restored. Meanwhile, an outage in Florin near Cosumnes River Boulevard and Bruceville Road is affecting about 11,000 customers.

That outage was reported at 5:05 p.m. There is no estimated time of restoration.

Outages are expected to pop up continually amid stormy weather tonight.

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4:45 p.m.: Yolo County issued a local emergency proclamation due to windy and rainy conditions. The proclamation allows the county to set any rules or mandates deemed necessary for public safety.

“The severity of the winter storm in Yolo County highlights the need to take precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of Yolo County residents,” said Oscar Villegas, the chair of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, in an email.

4:40 p.m.: KCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan goes over the forecast for tonight and the next few days. Watch in the video below.

4:30 p.m.: The National Weather Service tweeted that the Sacramento International Airport reported 46 mph wind gusts at 3:13 p.m.

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The wind is arriving. Sac Executive Airport reporting a peak gust from the SE at 46 mph at 313 pm. The strong winds will increase and expand in coverage across the Valley and foothills early this evening. #cawx

— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) January 5, 2023

4:26 p.m.: Here’s an update on the storm timing on the Bay Area.

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We know you’re waiting on the heavier rain. It’s coming. Here are approximate arrival times for the heavier rain band. Expect flooding concerns to increase later this afternoon into tonight across the area. Stay safe! #cawx pic.twitter.com/11brmjqaD3

— NWS Bay Area 🌉 (@NWSBayArea) January 4, 2023

4:21 p.m.: The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, or SMUD, is reporting about 3,800 customers without power in the Oak Park neighborhood near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 12th Avenue.

There is no estimated time of restoration.

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4:20 p.m.: Water rescue crews from Bakersfield are stationed in El Dorado Hills to assist with any possible flooding tonight.

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Here at @Cal_OES a Type 2 swift water rescue team with the Bakersfield Fire Dept. just pulled up. Will be prepositioned in El Dorado Hills to help respond to flooding related issues and concerns. pic.twitter.com/GhKa0DMgup

— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) January 5, 2023

2:35 p.m.: Here’s where to get a statewide look at power outages in California.

2:31 p.m.: Some counties in Northern California have closed their parks because they’re worried about falling trees. Here’s another reminder from Sac County.

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REMINDER: We expect this storm to bring down a significant number of trees. We have closed all parks within the Regional Parks system. Do not attempt to enter our parks during these hazardous conditions. https://t.co/5ltoancoib

— SacRegionalParks (@SacRegionalPark) January 4, 2023

1:49 p.m.: Here is how to sign up for county emergency alerts.

1:34 p.m.: Officials have confirmed a second death of someone near Highway 99 after the New Year’s Eve flooding. A woman’s body was found today around 10 a.m. near Dillard Road, CHP confirmed to KCRA 3.

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CHP has confirmed to KCRA 3 that the body of an woman was found today while officials were towing cars near Dillard Road in Sacramento County east of Highway 99. Her body was found outside the car in a field

— kcranews (@kcranews) January 4, 2023

1:28 p.m.: KCRA 3 has learned there are no plans to cancel tonight’s Kings game at Golden 1 Center due to the storm.

12:25 p.m.: Watch the full press conference organized by Cal OES in the video below where officials outlined the threats from severe weather across the state.

12:03 p.m.: CHP says that chain controls have been lifted on I-80 over Donner Summit but travel is discouraged, especially later tonight.

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11:33 a.m.: Karla Nemeth, the Department of Water Resources director for California, says rural levees are the most vulnerable infrastructure in the state.

“It’s very easy for smaller communities to get overwhelmed,” she said.

She called for people to stay off the roads and said that “high wind events create debris that can exacerbate flooding.”

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“The rural levee system is most vulnerable” during this winter storm.

-Karla Nemeth, Dept. of Water Resources Director.@kcranews

— Brittany Johnson (@BJohnsonKCRA) January 4, 2023

11:24 a.m.: Here are more updates from the briefing so far about the storm.

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Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot likens CA drought situation to football:

“We’re still in the first half of the game and we have some points on the board, but we’re a long way how this wet season impacts overall drought.”

— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) January 4, 2023

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CalTrans and CHP are asking Californians to avoid non-essential travel today.

— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) January 4, 2023

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CalTrans and CHP are asking Californians to avoid non-essential travel today.

— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) January 4, 2023

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Widespread flooding and power outages expected in communities throughout the state, according to officials.

— Brittany Johnson (@BJohnsonKCRA) January 4, 2023

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Caltrans has activated 12 emergency response centers across the state and 4K crews will be in the field.

Caltrans urges people to check QuickMaps >> https://t.co/NpNhH5dNAS

Crews will be looking for mudslides and rockslides and will close roadways if they feel it’s unsafe.

— kcranews (@kcranews) January 4, 2023

11:09 a.m.: Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm, Cal OES Director Nancy Ward just announced.

Ward called for people to stay informed by signing up for county emergency alerts and to check on family members and neighbors.

“Always follow the direction of local authorities,” she said. “If you are told to evacuate, please do so.”

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The state operations center, where we are now, is now operating at its highest level, where agencies from across the state are gathered and monitoring conditions around the clock to coordinate resources and response.

Gov. Newsom himself is not here but was this morning.

— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) January 4, 2023

10:49 a.m.: Capt. Keith Wade with the Sacramento Fire Department joined KCRA 3 on Wednesday morning to explain the difference between when people should call 311 versus 911.

Downed trees in a roadway or flooding on roads is a 311 call, he said. It shouldn’t be a 911 call unless the tree has crashed into a home or there is a downed powerline.

Wade also urged people not to drive through water that is rushing across streets.

It only takes a foot of water to render a sedan incapable, he said.

“Use some common sense today,” he said.

7:42 a.m.: NWS Sacramento encourages those who must travel to do so before dark.

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It’s here! Precip come in 2 waves today – this morning with a brief break in the afternoon. Then the real show begins this evening with heavy rainfall, mountain snow & VERY strong winds. If you have to travel today, it might be good to be to your destination before dark! #cawx pic.twitter.com/PiycR64Jlk

— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) January 4, 2023

7:22 a.m.: SMUD advises that if a storm knocks down a power line, assume it is energized and call SMUD or 911 immediately.

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Please be safe!  

If stormy weather knocks down a power line: 

📞 Stay away and call SMUD at 1-888-456-SMUD (7683) or 911 immediately.

⚡️ Assume the line is “energized” and stay away and warn others to do the same. pic.twitter.com/xbovv9cx1q

— SMUD (@SMUDUpdates) January 4, 2023

6:37 a.m.: The National Weather Service in Reno says that snow levels will be rising later today and then falling again overnight.

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Snow levels will be rising in the Sierra later this morning, and this afternoon in W NV, then falling again overnight.

— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) January 4, 2023


Tuesday Updates:

11:12 p.m.: The city of Sacramento is asking people to call 311 if they see street flooding, traffic lights that aren’t working, or downed trees, KCRA 3’s Melanie Wingo reports.

10:20 p.m.: PG&E and SMUD both expect more power outages tomorrow and are sharing storm safety tips. They include:

  • Never touch downed wires
  • Use generators safely. PG&E recommends they are installed by a licensed electrician and in a well-ventilated area.
  • Use flashlights, not candles
  • Have a backup phone
  • Have fresh drinking water and ice
  • Turn off appliances
  • Prepare an emergency kit, including a portable cell phone charger, flashlight, fresh drinking water, extra batteries, a manual can opener and a battery-operated radio.

| Video below | PG&E addresses customers’ long waits for power restoration in San Joaquin County

8:51 p.m.: KCRA 3’s Josie Heart spoke to a family that faced days stuck inside their home in Galt after a tree knocked down a power pole next to their property.

KCRA 3’s Michelle Bandur spoke to neighbors in Sacramento’s Swanston Estates neighborhood where a massive pine tree fell but avoided powerlines.

7:42 p.m.: Here’s an update from the Sacramento Fire Department.

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Avoid driving during the storm if you can. People are urged to plan ahead and watch for debris and localized flooding on the roads. Never drive or walk through flood waters. Turn around, Don’t drown!

— Sacramento Fire Department (@SacFirePIO) January 4, 2023

7:16 p.m.: SMUD says it has restored power to more than 99% of customers whose lights went out in the New Year’s Eve storm. The storm caused more than 120 poles to be blown down and uprooted at least 115 trees.

SMUD also warned that Wednesday’s storm is expected to “be worse” with “multiple hours of high winds and gusts exceeding 50mph.”

“The ground is now saturated from multiple days of heavy rains and more downed trees and poles are likely,” SMUD said.

5:26 p.m.: San Joaquin County says it will close all regional, community and neighborhood parks on Wednesday in advance of the storm. The closure could last through Thursday or potentially, Friday, too.

The county said the Micke Grove Zoo and Micke Grove Regional Park had “significant flooding and wind damage” and will remain closed through Sunday.

5:13 p.m.: There are still more than 1,000 SMUD customers without power.

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5:04 p.m.: The National Weather Service says mountain travel is “highly discouraged” tomorrow.

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Heavy snow returns Wednesday – as a strong system moves through the area. Snowfall amounts up to 1-3 feet are possible. Expect chain controls, dangerous travel, strong winds and periods of whiteout conditions. Mountain travel is HIGHLY discouraged! #cawx pic.twitter.com/9aH8MJoA6d

— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) January 4, 2023

4:55 p.m.: KCRA 3’s Melanie Wingo reports that so far the city of Sacramento has received 200 calls about downed trees or limbs. The city expects to continue to be busy through this week with reports into 311.

4:16 p.m.: Stockton Unified School District says families should “use caution and allow extra time while traveling to school” on Wednesday.

4:14 p.m.: Sacramento County is also closing all parks due to tree hazards.

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1:01 p.m.: All parks in Stockton are closed due to tree hazards from the weekend storm and forecast high winds Wednesday.

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12:42 p.m.: Chain controls have been lifted on I-80 over Donner Summit, but CHP is warning of the upcoming system.

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Chain control has been lifted on I-80 over Donner Summit! But it’s not over yet as another system is coming in starting early tomorrow morning through Friday morning. Expect difficult to impossible travel with extensive delays… Be prepared and plan ahead! pic.twitter.com/oJyzAM6eNh

— CHP Truckee (@CHP_Truckee) January 3, 2023

7:08 a.m.: Chain controls are in place in the Sierra, according to CHP Truckee

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❄️ CHAIN CONTROL UPDATE ❄️

01/03/23 7:00am

• I-80 is R2 in both directions from the Nevada State line to Drum Forebay.

• SR-267 has no controls.

• SR-28 is R1 from Tahoe City to Kings Beach.

• SR-89 is R-1 from Truckee to Tahoe City. pic.twitter.com/X0L904Wq8Z

— CHP Truckee (@CHP_Truckee) January 3, 2023

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