Having survived this new winter’s first wet, cold blast that came with last week’s so-called bomb cyclone, Mother Lode residents and visitors can brace this week for more days of rain, winds, and snow at higher elevations, with a slight break possible Thursday.
A winter storm warning for continuing snow accumulations above 6,500 feet remains in effect for east Calaveras and east Tuolumne counties and the rest of the Central Sierra through 6 p.m. today. Forecasters say another strong Pacific storm is coming Friday and Saturday.
Days of rain that started Tuesday and Wednesday last week continued through Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the rest of the long holiday weekend, and the first steady rains of the wet season, have exposed roof leaks and flooding issues in downtown Sonora again.
Outside of downtown and elsewhere in Tuolumne County, roads that are closed due to flooding included Sims Road, Mooney Road, and Red Hills Road, Desiree Crain with county public works said before 9:30 a.m. Monday.
Mud, rocks and slides came down on multiple roads in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties over the weekend. Road crews were out trying to clean up, repair and prepare for more wet weather and erosion through this week.
Storms since Tuesday last week have brought a total of 4.9 inches to principal watersheds of the Mother Lode, including the Stanislaus River and Tuolumne River basins, according to a five-station index that includes Calaveras Big Trees and Hetch Hetchy. That’s 68 percent of normal for the date Dec. 2, according to the state Department of Water Resources.
Cal Trans announced Monday Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4 and Sonora Pass on Highway 108 are closed for the season. Tioga Pass on Highway 120 was closed after the last snowstorm.
See a more detailed report, including site-specific rain and snow totals so far this winter, in Tuesday print editions of The Union Democrat.
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