Sacramento region weather updates as rain, winds hit Northern California

Date: 2021-10-25 01:42:20

KCRA 3’s weather team said that Sunday is a Weather Alert Day as significant rain and wind are expected throughout the day in Northern California. There’s the risk of street flooding, downed trees and power outages.See how much longer wet weather will continue hereSee how much longer wet weather will continue hereCheck out our traffic map here Send us your photos and videos here The liveblog below will be updated with the latest news from our meteorologists and reporters.7:29 p.m.: Northbound Big Horn Boulevard is closed at Hopewell Drive in Elk Grove, the Elk Grove Police Department said.7:00 p.m.: The Placer County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders because of the risk of debris flow due to high amounts of rainfall. Residents in the following areas were told to evacuate:1565 Hillcrest Boulevard to Spring Valley RoadSpring Valley Road from Milk Ranch RoadBen Taylor Road to the Bear RiverThe area being evacuated is near where the River Fire, which ignited early August and burned dozens of homes in Placer and Nevada counties. It burned about 2,600 acres before being fully extinguished. Cal Fire said that fire was caused by human activity.6:54 p.m.: The Elk Grove Police Department said drivers should be cautious on the road, saying that there is flooding in the city.6:50 p.m.: Fairfield police have closed the 740 block of North Texas Street at the curve because of flooding.6:32 p.m.: Caltrans District 3 said Highway 70 at Kempton and Berry roads in the Rio Oso area of Sutter County is closed due to flooding. The agency suggests taking Highway 99 or State Route 65 instead.6:15 p.m.: KCRA 3 Reporter Lysee Mitri reports flooding at South Watt Avenue and Jackson Road in the Rosemont area.5:46 p.m.: The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for parts of Nevada and Placer counties. The warning is in effect until 3 a.m. Monday.The weather service said risk of flash flooding has the potential to affect about 610 people, but no schools or hospitals are close enough to be at risk. The area affected includes a burn scar from a previous wildfire.4:59 p.m.: Arcade Creek has reached the flood stage of 76.357 feet, according to the Sacramento County Department of Water Resources.4:58 p.m.: Airbase Parkway between Dover and Heath, and the 3000 block of Holiday Lane are closed because of flooding, the Fairfield Police Department said.4:30 p.m.: The City of West Sacramento is offering sandbags at the Port of Sacramento at 2895 Industrial Blvd. 3:40 p.m.: Caltrans District 3 said it is responding to multiple instances of flooding. The locations are: southbound Highway 99 at Mack Road, westbound Highway 50 at the East Bidwell onramp and southbound Highway 113 at County Road 102.3:29 p.m.: The Solano County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents to avoid certain roads until rainfall subsides.3:10 p.m.: KCRA 3 Reporter Erin Heft spotted a tree down on H and 9th streets in downtown Sacramento. The tree knocked down the street sign for H Street on that corner.2:41 p.m.: The CHP Yuba-Sutter division said it is reporting freeway flooding on State Route 70 in Sutter County. Officers responding to a crash in the area said those vehicles involved might have hydroplaned.1:52 p.m.: The Sacramento County Department of Water Resources reports Arcade Creek has reached a monitor stage of 74.81 feet. Flood stage is reached at 76.34 feet. 1:10 p.m.: Donner Pass Road between Truckee and Donner Summit is closed because of eroding roads and falling debris.12:58 p.m.: Sacramento Regional Transit established a bus bridge due to a power outage downtown affecting its light rail vehicles. Those taking the Blue Line can find their shuttle between Arden/Del Paso & 16th Street stations. Those taking the Gold Line can find their shuttle between Sac Valley & 16th Street stations.12:19 p.m.: People in the Sacramento area are urged to seek shelter by 2 p.m. due to high winds, heavy rainfall and potentially hazardous conditions. Here are severe weather shelter locations. 1725 28th St, Sacramento, CA 95816; 2450 Florin Road , Sacramento CA 95822 Creekside Adult Center at 2641 Kent Drive, Sacramento 95821 Hagginwood Community Center – Storm Center at 3271 Marysville Blvd, Sacramento CA 95815 City of Sacramento City Hall – Storm Center at 915 I St, Sacramento CA 95814Sacramento County also has information on where people can get sandbags.12:14 p.m.: KCRA 3’s Erin Heft is giving an update live on Facebook on power outages from North Highlands in Sacramento County. 11:56 a.m.: Here are PG&E’s outage numbers in KCRA 3’s viewing area, as of 11:45 a.m.Yuba County: 3,200Solano County: 1,208Yolo County: 393Colusa County: 59Amador/Calaveras counties: 8El Dorado County: 810Placer County: 1,318Nevada County: 5,53211:44 a.m.: Here’s a look at a rock/mudslide that has closed part of Highway 70. 11:32 a.m.: A viewer sent us a photo of a car that hit a power pole in the North Highlands area. 11:17 a.m.: The number of customers facing outages on SMUD’s map spiked to more than 51,000 with nearly 24,000 affected in the Arden area and more than 27,000 in North Highlands. 10:58 a.m.: A music festival set to feature Willie Nelson in Wheatland today has been canceled due to the weather. Some KCRA 3 viewers over the past two days expressed concern that they had not heard from promoters about whether the show would be called off.10:44 a.m.: SMUD’s outage map shows 31 active outages at this time. We’ve reached out for comment. 10:32 a.m.: Erin Heft sent this photo of a tree down in the Pocket area of Sacramento at 56th Avenue and Havenhurst9:55 a.m.: Ironman athlete William Kesler, who is from the Santa Rosa area, spoke to KCRA 3’s Erin Heft about today’s cancellation. He said it was disappointing not to be able to compete in his first Ironman triathlon, but he understood the safety concerns. “I didn’t want to get hurt out there,” he said. “I mean I was just walking my bike out of the transition and I was just being blown by the wind just while walking.”He’s been training since May, about 13 hours weekly, to prepare.“Hopefully, this gets deferred to next year and I’ll go for that,” he said.9:49 a.m.: What to know before you hit the roads.9:39 a.m.: Some viewers in our coverage area are reporting flickering lights. Here’s where to see PG&E’s outage map and SMUD’s outage map. 9:33 a.m.: Mark Finan and Eileen Javora are talking about the storm live on Facebook. 9:29 a.m.: The National Weather Service warns there could be life-threatening flash flooding in and around the Caldor burn scar in El Dorado County and the Dixie burn scar in Plumas County and Lassen County. People are warned to turn around when encountering flooded roads, as “most flood deaths occur in vehicles.”More information for the Dixie burn scar areaFlash flooding is already occurring and debris flow, which can be rocks, mud or vegetation, is impacting Highway 70.Areas that will experience flash flooding include Country Club, Canyondam, East Shore, Caribou, Seneca, Belden, Twain, Paxton, Indian Falls, Bald Eagle Mountain, Tobin, Crescent Mills, Storrie, Keddie and Greenville.Affected roadways are stretches of Highway 36, Highway 70, and Highway 89Affected streams and drainages are Mill Creek, Canyon Creek, West Sulphur Creek, North Fork Feather River, Deer Creek, Willow Creek and Butte Creek.More information for the Caldor burn scar areaFlash flooding is expected to occur within the next few hours.Areas that will experience flash flooding include Kirkwood, Kit Carson, Grizzly Flat, Twin Bridges and Sierra At Tahoe.Tragedy Creek is also affected.8:34 a.m.: Here’s a look at when “a line of very intense rain” is forecast to go through many areas this afternoon, Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan says.8:26 a.m.: The National Weather Service says there are reports of debris flow within the Dixie Fire burn scar area. That’s impacting parts of Highway 70. 8:16 a.m.: The National Weather Service says that “heavy rain is starting to move in” and will cause debris flow in some areas affected by the Caldor Fire. | RELATED | Communities burned in Caldor Fire brace for heavy rains8:14 a.m.: Sacramento Regional Transit says that with Ironman canceled SacRT service will operate as usual. 8:04 a.m.: Chico reports a wind gust of 52 mph, our weather team says. 7:58 a.m.: Our reporters have been covering how local officials planned to respond to today’s storm. Here are some of the top headlines. How the upcoming storm could impact Sacramento’s homeless communitySacramento city officials say pumping stations will help move excess rain from storm drainsMcKinley Park sewage water concerns grow as storm approachesCommunities burned in Caldor Fire brace for heavy rainsCity of Roseville bunkers down in preparation for upcoming winter stormSacramento city officials say pumping stations will help move excess rain from storm drains7:43 a.m.: The greater Sacramento area could get 3 to 5 inches of rain over the next 24 hours, according to our weather team. That means today’s storm could be in the top 5 for record 24-hour rainfall. Here’s a look at previous rain totals in the record book.7:20 a.m.: Here’s the morning forecast of what to expect from Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan and Meteorologist Eileen Javora. “I know it’s a big deal if the chief meteorologist is here before 5 a.m.,” Javora said. 7:15 a.m.: The first Ironman California competition in Sacramento has been canceled over weather conditions.“Weather conditions have deteriorated overnight and are expected to worsen over the course of the day,” the message said. “We no longer believe that we can provide an acceptably safe swim and bike environment for our athletes.” The message went on to say that “the safety of the athletes, volunteers and spectators is our highest priority. It would not be responsible to host the event at this moment in time.” Organizers said they recognized the cancelation “will come as a disappointment.” Download our app for the latestHere is where you can download our app for the latest weather alerts.

KCRA 3’s weather team said that Sunday is a Weather Alert Day as significant rain and wind are expected throughout the day in Northern California.

There’s the risk of street flooding, downed trees and power outages.

The liveblog below will be updated with the latest news from our meteorologists and reporters.

7:29 p.m.: Northbound Big Horn Boulevard is closed at Hopewell Drive in Elk Grove, the Elk Grove Police Department said.

7:00 p.m.: The Placer County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders because of the risk of debris flow due to high amounts of rainfall.

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Residents in the following areas were told to evacuate:

  • 1565 Hillcrest Boulevard to Spring Valley Road
  • Spring Valley Road from Milk Ranch Road
  • Ben Taylor Road to the Bear River

The area being evacuated is near where the River Fire, which ignited early August and burned dozens of homes in Placer and Nevada counties. It burned about 2,600 acres before being fully extinguished.

Cal Fire said that fire was caused by human activity.

6:54 p.m.: The Elk Grove Police Department said drivers should be cautious on the road, saying that there is flooding in the city.

6:50 p.m.: Fairfield police have closed the 740 block of North Texas Street at the curve because of flooding.

6:32 p.m.: Caltrans District 3 said Highway 70 at Kempton and Berry roads in the Rio Oso area of Sutter County is closed due to flooding. The agency suggests taking Highway 99 or State Route 65 instead.

6:15 p.m.: KCRA 3 Reporter Lysee Mitri reports flooding at South Watt Avenue and Jackson Road in the Rosemont area.

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5:46 p.m.: The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for parts of Nevada and Placer counties. The warning is in effect until 3 a.m. Monday.

The weather service said risk of flash flooding has the potential to affect about 610 people, but no schools or hospitals are close enough to be at risk. The area affected includes a burn scar from a previous wildfire.

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4:59 p.m.: Arcade Creek has reached the flood stage of 76.357 feet, according to the Sacramento County Department of Water Resources.

4:58 p.m.: Airbase Parkway between Dover and Heath, and the 3000 block of Holiday Lane are closed because of flooding, the Fairfield Police Department said.

4:30 p.m.: The City of West Sacramento is offering sandbags at the Port of Sacramento at 2895 Industrial Blvd.

3:40 p.m.: Caltrans District 3 said it is responding to multiple instances of flooding. The locations are: southbound Highway 99 at Mack Road, westbound Highway 50 at the East Bidwell onramp and southbound Highway 113 at County Road 102.

3:29 p.m.: The Solano County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents to avoid certain roads until rainfall subsides.

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3:10 p.m.: KCRA 3 Reporter Erin Heft spotted a tree down on H and 9th streets in downtown Sacramento. The tree knocked down the street sign for H Street on that corner.

2:41 p.m.: The CHP Yuba-Sutter division said it is reporting freeway flooding on State Route 70 in Sutter County. Officers responding to a crash in the area said those vehicles involved might have hydroplaned.

1:52 p.m.: The Sacramento County Department of Water Resources reports Arcade Creek has reached a monitor stage of 74.81 feet. Flood stage is reached at 76.34 feet.

1:10 p.m.: Donner Pass Road between Truckee and Donner Summit is closed because of eroding roads and falling debris.

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12:58 p.m.: Sacramento Regional Transit established a bus bridge due to a power outage downtown affecting its light rail vehicles. Those taking the Blue Line can find their shuttle between Arden/Del Paso & 16th Street stations. Those taking the Gold Line can find their shuttle between Sac Valley & 16th Street stations.

12:19 p.m.: People in the Sacramento area are urged to seek shelter by 2 p.m. due to high winds, heavy rainfall and potentially hazardous conditions.

Here are severe weather shelter locations.

  • 1725 28th St, Sacramento, CA 95816; 2450 Florin Road , Sacramento CA 95822
  • Creekside Adult Center at 2641 Kent Drive, Sacramento 95821
  • Hagginwood Community Center – Storm Center at 3271 Marysville Blvd, Sacramento CA 95815
  • City of Sacramento City Hall – Storm Center at 915 I St, Sacramento CA 95814

Sacramento County also has information on where people can get sandbags.

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12:14 p.m.: KCRA 3’s Erin Heft is giving an update live on Facebook on power outages from North Highlands in Sacramento County.

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11:56 a.m.: Here are PG&E’s outage numbers in KCRA 3’s viewing area, as of 11:45 a.m.

  • Yuba County: 3,200
  • Solano County: 1,208
  • Yolo County: 393
  • Colusa County: 59
  • Amador/Calaveras counties: 8
  • El Dorado County: 810
  • Placer County: 1,318
  • Nevada County: 5,532

11:44 a.m.: Here’s a look at a rock/mudslide that has closed part of Highway 70.

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11:32 a.m.: A viewer sent us a photo of a car that hit a power pole in the North Highlands area.

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11:17 a.m.: The number of customers facing outages on SMUD’s map spiked to more than 51,000 with nearly 24,000 affected in the Arden area and more than 27,000 in North Highlands.

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10:58 a.m.: A music festival set to feature Willie Nelson in Wheatland today has been canceled due to the weather. Some KCRA 3 viewers over the past two days expressed concern that they had not heard from promoters about whether the show would be called off.

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10:44 a.m.: SMUD’s outage map shows 31 active outages at this time. We’ve reached out for comment.

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10:32 a.m.: Erin Heft sent this photo of a tree down in the Pocket area of Sacramento at 56th Avenue and Havenhurst

Tree down in Pocket


9:55 a.m.: Ironman athlete William Kesler, who is from the Santa Rosa area, spoke to KCRA 3’s Erin Heft about today’s cancellation.

He said it was disappointing not to be able to compete in his first Ironman triathlon, but he understood the safety concerns.

“I didn’t want to get hurt out there,” he said. “I mean I was just walking my bike out of the transition and I was just being blown by the wind just while walking.”

He’s been training since May, about 13 hours weekly, to prepare.

“Hopefully, this gets deferred to next year and I’ll go for that,” he said.

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9:49 a.m.: What to know before you hit the roads.

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9:39 a.m.: Some viewers in our coverage area are reporting flickering lights. Here’s where to see PG&E’s outage map and SMUD’s outage map.

9:33 a.m.: Mark Finan and Eileen Javora are talking about the storm live on Facebook.

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9:29 a.m.: The National Weather Service warns there could be life-threatening flash flooding in and around the Caldor burn scar in El Dorado County and the Dixie burn scar in Plumas County and Lassen County.

People are warned to turn around when encountering flooded roads, as “most flood deaths occur in vehicles.”

More information for the Dixie burn scar area

  • Flash flooding is already occurring and debris flow, which can be rocks, mud or vegetation, is impacting Highway 70.
  • Areas that will experience flash flooding include Country Club, Canyondam, East Shore, Caribou, Seneca, Belden, Twain, Paxton, Indian Falls, Bald Eagle Mountain, Tobin, Crescent Mills, Storrie, Keddie and Greenville.
  • Affected roadways are stretches of Highway 36, Highway 70, and Highway 89
  • Affected streams and drainages are Mill Creek, Canyon Creek, West Sulphur Creek, North Fork Feather River, Deer Creek, Willow Creek and Butte Creek.

More information for the Caldor burn scar area

  • Flash flooding is expected to occur within the next few hours.
  • Areas that will experience flash flooding include Kirkwood, Kit Carson, Grizzly Flat, Twin Bridges and Sierra At Tahoe.
  • Tragedy Creek is also affected.

8:34 a.m.: Here’s a look at when “a line of very intense rain” is forecast to go through many areas this afternoon, Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan says.

Intense rain forecast

8:26 a.m.: The National Weather Service says there are reports of debris flow within the Dixie Fire burn scar area. That’s impacting parts of Highway 70.

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8:16 a.m.: The National Weather Service says that “heavy rain is starting to move in” and will cause debris flow in some areas affected by the Caldor Fire.

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| RELATED | Communities burned in Caldor Fire brace for heavy rains

8:14 a.m.: Sacramento Regional Transit says that with Ironman canceled SacRT service will operate as usual.

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8:04 a.m.: Chico reports a wind gust of 52 mph, our weather team says.

7:58 a.m.: Our reporters have been covering how local officials planned to respond to today’s storm. Here are some of the top headlines.


7:43 a.m.: The greater Sacramento area could get 3 to 5 inches of rain over the next 24 hours, according to our weather team.

Rain forecast

That means today’s storm could be in the top 5 for record 24-hour rainfall. Here’s a look at previous rain totals in the record book.

24-hour rain

7:20 a.m.: Here’s the morning forecast of what to expect from Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan and Meteorologist Eileen Javora.

“I know it’s a big deal if the chief meteorologist is here before 5 a.m.,” Javora said.

7:15 a.m.: The first Ironman California competition in Sacramento has been canceled over weather conditions.

“Weather conditions have deteriorated overnight and are expected to worsen over the course of the day,” the message said. “We no longer believe that we can provide an acceptably safe swim and bike environment for our athletes.”

The message went on to say that “the safety of the athletes, volunteers and spectators is our highest priority. It would not be responsible to host the event at this moment in time.”

Organizers said they recognized the cancelation “will come as a disappointment.”

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