Approximately two inches of rain fell on the Sonora area over a 48 hour period this weekend, and as of Monday morning more than 3,000 customers in Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties are without power.

Emily Heller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, said there was a wide range in rain totals throughout the Sierra Nevada foothills based on elevation and region.

1.53 inches of precipitation was recorded at 2,400 feet and 2.57 inches at 2,800 feet, she said. About 3.4 miles east of Sonora, 2.24 inches of precipitation were recorded.

Heller said snow totals were not complete because of the closure of high elevation ski resorts due to the novel coronavirus crisis. The resorts often provide information to the NWS about snow totals, she said.

She said the NWS has a record of a half-inch of snow in Tuolumne at 2,900 feet elevation and an inch of snow in Twain Harte at 3,200 feet. 

Brandi Merlo, Public Information Officer with the energy utility Pacific Gas & Electric, said there were 2,225 customers in Tuolumne County and 924 customers in Calaveras County without power as of 9:30 a.m. on Monday. 

By town and city, there were 587 customers in Groveland, 74 customers in Jamestown, 61 customers in Long Barn, 771 customers in Pinecrest, 412 customers in Sonora and 320 customers in Strawberry, 38 customers in Angels Camp, 844 customers in Arnold, 29 customers in Avery, one customer in Camp Connell, one customer in Copperopolis, two customers in Dorrington, one customer in Mountain Ranch, six customers in Murphys and two customers in Vallecito without power. 

Heller said many with the NWS are working from home, but two people are stationed in the Sacramento office because some of the technologies they use are not transferable.  

She said between a tenth of an inch to a inch of rain was expected over the Sierra foothills on Monday depending on whether scattered showers or thunderstorms passed over the area. 


Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or Follow him on Twitter @g_ricapito 


Recommended for you