Flooding issues, Sierra site visitors delays

As rain continues to move through Northern California on Saturday, concerns are growing with the Cosumnes River having reached flood stage. Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan said that the river is forecast to reach its highest level since 1997 and bring flooding to Wilton and parts of south Sacramento County. Meanwhile, chain controls are in effect on major highways in and out of the Sierra and multiple spinouts are causing traffic delays. (Look up the latest road information from Caltrans here.)Due to likely creek and street flooding in flood-prone areas and strong winds, KCRA 3’s weather team is calling Saturday an Alert Day. Meteorologist Eileen Javora said that rain will be heavy at times through the morning and mid-day before tapering in the afternoon. Winds will be gusty in the morning and strongest on the east side of the Valley.There could be an additional 1 to 1.5 inches of rain in the Valley on Saturday and 2 to 3 inches in the Foothills. As of Saturday morning, Sacramento County creeks were within their banks and below flood stage, with the exception of Deer Creek in the eastern part of the county. And the Cosumnes River is above flood stage and expected to crest Saturday evening. In the Sierra, snow levels are lowering to 6,000 feet with accumulating snow in the afternoon.See below for more updates from our storm coverage all day. Here are the latest storm updates:10:42 a.m.: Highway 50 is now being closed at Sly Park Road and at Meyers due to flooding. 10:38 a.m.: NBC Bay Area reports thousands of people without power, roadways flooded in San Mateo and mudslides near Fremont, among other issues. 10:32 a.m.: Two people were rescued from the island in the middle of Laguna Creek in Elk Grove, Cosumnes Fire Department officials said. 10:30 a.m.: All traffic is being held on westbound I-80 at the Nevada State Line due to spinouts over Donner Summit, Caltrans says. Highway 50 is closed from Ice House Road to Meyers in El Dorado County due to flooding. Highway 49 is closed from San Ridge Road to Amador County. Highway 89 is closed around Emerald Bay. 9:53 a.m.: The Cosumnes Fire Department says some people are stuck on a temporary island in the middle of Laguna Creek in east Elk Grove. 9:33 a.m.: Here’s a look at some of the other storm-related stories we’ve been following. Sacramento area parks closed ahead of wet weekend weather as ‘proactive’ measureSan Joaquin Valley officials, residents prep for possible areas of floodingSacramento County officials push to reach people experiencing homelessness ahead of potential floodingSeveral teens rescued from tree limbs after car gets stuck in flooded area of Sacramento County’Don’t drive in water. Period’: Northern California drivers warned about potential for flooded roads9:28 a.m.: Here’s a look at Deer Creek this morning. 9:22 a.m.: Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan says flooding is expected later in Wilton and south Sacramento County. [/twitter]9:09 a.m.: Here’s an update on Sierra chain controls and traffic issues. Interstate 80: Eastbound I-80 traffic is being held at Nyack due to multiple spinouts. Chains are required from Nyack to the Nevada State Line.Highway 50: Chains are required from Twin Bridges to Meyers. Caltrans’ camera shows eastbound Highway 50 closed at Ice House Road, west of Whitehall. KCRA 3 is trying to learn more about this. 8:48 a.m.: In the videos below, KCRA 3’s Mike TeSelle gives an update from Arcade Creek at Winding Road. The creek is swelling but has not caused flooding at this time. 8:46 a.m.: In the video below, Meteorologist Eileen Javora gives an update on rain totals so far and you can see water flowing from the Foothills down Deer Creek in eastern Sacramento County. 8:37 a.m.: Stockton police warn drivers to stay away from the Hammer Lane underpass at the railroad tracks east of Lorraine Avenue. 8:34 a.m.: El Dorado County fire officials warn about roadway flooding and rock slides. 8:09 a.m.: KCRA 3’s Mike TeSelle has an update on a downed tree in the roadway in Carmichael. 8:08 a.m.: An update on Folsom Lake. 7:55 a.m.: Viewer Nancy Riedell in Citrus Heights sent this photo of what conditions look like at Arcade Creek. 7:35 a.m.: Reports of flooding on roadways this morning. 7:39 a.m.: Chain controls are in effect on I-80 eastbound from Kingvale in Placer County to Hirschdale Road in Truckee, Caltrans said.Westbound chain controls are from Truckee to 4.7 miles west of Kingvale.Chain controls are also in effect on Highway 50 from Twin Bridges to Meyers in El Dorado County. Track the latest highway information here. 7:36 a.m.: A warning to turn around if you see flooded roads. 7 a.m.: Several teens were rescued from tree limbs after their car was stuck on Scott Road at Deer Creek around 1 a.m., Sacramento Metro Fire said. 6:48 a.m.: Meteorologist Eileen Javora says Cosumnes River was at flood stage at 13 feet at Michigan Bar, as of 5 a.m. It is forecast to crest at 15.5 feet at 9 p.m., which is higher than previously anticipated. That means property in and possibly houses near and around the town of Wilton may be impacted. 6:02 p.m.: Check out the increase in rain totals as of 6 p.m. 5:28 p.m.: Here’s an update on rain totals as of 5 p.m.5:15 p.m.: Melanie Wingo shows you what it looks like near Deer Creek in Sacramento County. 4:36 p.m.: Here’s an update from the National Weather Service in Reno. 4:29 p.m.: Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan explains in the video below where flood-prone areas are. He says places to keep an eye on over the weekend include areas near Dry Creek, Arcade Creek and Deer Creek. 4:24 p.m.: KCRA 3’s Melanie Wingo reports from the Rancho Murieta area, where there is some localized street flooding on Kiefer Boulevard near Deer Creek. She was there when a tow company was called out to assist a stuck motorist. 4:13 p.m.: Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan says there has been light rain in the Valley, but it’s been raining all day long in the Foothills. Rain totals tell the story. 2:17 p.m.: El Dorado County residents are told to buy sandbags at home improvement stores if needed. 1:38 p.m.: CHP’s East Sacramento and Oroville accounts on Facebook are warning of flooding on some roadways.1 p.m.: Here’s a look at what conditions looked like in the noon hour. 9 a.m.: The National Weather Service shares a look at the radar and warns of flooding in areas with heavy rain. 8:05 a.m.: Meteorologist Heather Waldman walks you through rain totals from earlier in the week and takes a look at futurecast for the upcoming storm. Video Below: Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan explains what to know about possible flooding concerns this weekend in Northern CaliforniaHere are sandbag locations in Northern California counties and cities. Download 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. The banner on our website turns red when we’re live.We’re also streaming on the Very Local app for Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.Track Northern California Doppler radar here(App users, click here to see our interactive radar map.)Track real-time traffic updates here(App users, click here to see our interactive traffic map.)

As rain continues to move through Northern California on Saturday, concerns are growing with the Cosumnes River having reached flood stage.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan said that the river is forecast to reach its highest level since 1997 and bring flooding to Wilton and parts of south Sacramento County.

Meanwhile, chain controls are in effect on major highways in and out of the Sierra and multiple spinouts are causing traffic delays. (Look up the latest road information from Caltrans here.)

Due to likely creek and street flooding in flood-prone areas and strong winds, KCRA 3’s weather team is calling Saturday an Alert Day.

Meteorologist Eileen Javora said that rain will be heavy at times through the morning and mid-day before tapering in the afternoon. Winds will be gusty in the morning and strongest on the east side of the Valley.

There could be an additional 1 to 1.5 inches of rain in the Valley on Saturday and 2 to 3 inches in the Foothills.

As of Saturday morning, Sacramento County creeks were within their banks and below flood stage, with the exception of Deer Creek in the eastern part of the county. And the Cosumnes River is above flood stage and expected to crest Saturday evening.

In the Sierra, snow levels are lowering to 6,000 feet with accumulating snow in the afternoon.

See below for more updates from our storm coverage all day.

Here are the latest storm updates:

10:42 a.m.: Highway 50 is now being closed at Sly Park Road and at Meyers due to flooding.

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10:38 a.m.: NBC Bay Area reports thousands of people without power, roadways flooded in San Mateo and mudslides near Fremont, among other issues.

10:32 a.m.: Two people were rescued from the island in the middle of Laguna Creek in Elk Grove, Cosumnes Fire Department officials said.

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Two persons have been rescued by Rescue Boat 74 (IRB) from an island in the middle of Laguna Creek in Elk Grove near Bond and Waterman. All crews are out of the water and preparing for their next incident.

— Cosumnes Fire Dept. (@CosumnesFire) December 31, 2022


10:30 a.m.: All traffic is being held on westbound I-80 at the Nevada State Line due to spinouts over Donner Summit, Caltrans says.

Highway 50 is closed from Ice House Road to Meyers in El Dorado County due to flooding. Highway 49 is closed from San Ridge Road to Amador County.
Highway 89 is closed around Emerald Bay.

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9:53 a.m.: The Cosumnes Fire Department says some people are stuck on a temporary island in the middle of Laguna Creek in east Elk Grove.

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9:33 a.m.: Here’s a look at some of the other storm-related stories we’ve been following.

9:28 a.m.: Here’s a look at Deer Creek this morning.

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9:22 a.m.: Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan says flooding is expected later in Wilton and south Sacramento County.

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The Cosumnes River is above flood stage and won’t crest until this evening. This level can put water into homes in Wilton.

— Mark Finan (@kcraFinan) December 31, 2022

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9:09 a.m.: Here’s an update on Sierra chain controls and traffic issues.

Interstate 80: Eastbound I-80 traffic is being held at Nyack due to multiple spinouts. Chains are required from Nyack to the Nevada State Line.

Highway 50: Chains are required from Twin Bridges to Meyers. Caltrans’ camera shows eastbound Highway 50 closed at Ice House Road, west of Whitehall. KCRA 3 is trying to learn more about this.

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8:48 a.m.: In the videos below, KCRA 3’s Mike TeSelle gives an update from Arcade Creek at Winding Road. The creek is swelling but has not caused flooding at this time.

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8:46 a.m.: In the video below, Meteorologist Eileen Javora gives an update on rain totals so far and you can see water flowing from the Foothills down Deer Creek in eastern Sacramento County.

8:37 a.m.: Stockton police warn drivers to stay away from the Hammer Lane underpass at the railroad tracks east of Lorraine Avenue.

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Street Flooding Alert

Please avoid the area of the Hammer Ln underpass at the RR tracks just east of Lorraine Ave due to heavy flooding. City crews are on their way.

Also, do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Always choose a different route to avoid getting stuck. pic.twitter.com/aK11kqzqe8

— Stockton Police Dept (@StocktonPolice) December 31, 2022


8:34 a.m.: El Dorado County fire officials warn about roadway flooding and rock slides.

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8:09 a.m.: KCRA 3’s Mike TeSelle has an update on a downed tree in the roadway in Carmichael.

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8:08 a.m.: An update on Folsom Lake.

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Folsom Lake now rising at 1 foot per hour even with releases going on

— Mark Finan (@kcraFinan) December 31, 2022


7:55 a.m.: Viewer Nancy Riedell in Citrus Heights sent this photo of what conditions look like at Arcade Creek.

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Arcade Creek

7:35 a.m.: Reports of flooding on roadways this morning.

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7:39 a.m.: Chain controls are in effect on I-80 eastbound from Kingvale in Placer County to Hirschdale Road in Truckee, Caltrans said.

Westbound chain controls are from Truckee to 4.7 miles west of Kingvale.

Chain controls are also in effect on Highway 50 from Twin Bridges to Meyers in El Dorado County.

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7:36 a.m.: A warning to turn around if you see flooded roads.

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7 a.m.: Several teens were rescued from tree limbs after their car was stuck on Scott Road at Deer Creek around 1 a.m., Sacramento Metro Fire said.

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6:48 a.m.: Meteorologist Eileen Javora says Cosumnes River was at flood stage at 13 feet at Michigan Bar, as of 5 a.m. It is forecast to crest at 15.5 feet at 9 p.m., which is higher than previously anticipated. That means property in and possibly houses near and around the town of Wilton may be impacted.

6:02 p.m.: Check out the increase in rain totals as of 6 p.m.

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5:28 p.m.: Here’s an update on rain totals as of 5 p.m.

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5:15 p.m.: Melanie Wingo shows you what it looks like near Deer Creek in Sacramento County.

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4:36 p.m.: Here’s an update from the National Weather Service in Reno.

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Flooding is possible due to heavy rainfall and runoff in northeast California, the Sierra Nevada, and western Nevada. Urban, poor drainage area, and small stream flooding are very likely, with major rises expected on mainstem rivers with minor-to-moderate flooding possible. pic.twitter.com/d6xwHqQhca

— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) December 31, 2022


4:29 p.m.: Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan explains in the video below where flood-prone areas are. He says places to keep an eye on over the weekend include areas near Dry Creek, Arcade Creek and Deer Creek.


4:24 p.m.: KCRA 3’s Melanie Wingo reports from the Rancho Murieta area, where there is some localized street flooding on Kiefer Boulevard near Deer Creek. She was there when a tow company was called out to assist a stuck motorist.


4:13 p.m.: Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan says there has been light rain in the Valley, but it’s been raining all day long in the Foothills. Rain totals tell the story.

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2:17 p.m.: El Dorado County residents are told to buy sandbags at home improvement stores if needed.

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1:38 p.m.: CHP’s East Sacramento and Oroville accounts on Facebook are warning of flooding on some roadways.

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1 p.m.: Here’s a look at what conditions looked like in the noon hour.

9 a.m.: The National Weather Service shares a look at the radar and warns of flooding in areas with heavy rain.

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Moderate to heavy rain will impact northern California today – tomorrow, especially in the foothills & mountains. Snow levels will be above pass level today, slowly falling tomorrow. Here’s a look at forecast radar. Flooding is possible in areas of heavy rain. Be prepared! #CAwx pic.twitter.com/dGswwKyYrE

— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) December 30, 2022

8:05 a.m.: Meteorologist Heather Waldman walks you through rain totals from earlier in the week and takes a look at futurecast for the upcoming storm.

Video Below: Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan explains what to know about possible flooding concerns this weekend in Northern California

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