As waterlogged storms repeatedly pounded California this winter, social media was filled with variations on a distinct photo theme. The subject was a freshly plowed road wedged between towering white walls of snow measuring 10 or 20 feet tall. As long as vehicles had safe passage, a wintry trench would be fine — that snow had to go somewhere after all.
But with an early-spring heat wave in the forecast, it’s time to start thinking about what a massive amount of snowmelt will mean for the state — that water has to go somewhere, after all.
Despite snowpack in the Sierra Nevada measuring 153 percent above normal, it should be noted that experts aren’t expecting anything too terrible for California. When the National Weather Service recently issued its spring outlook, minor flooding was foreseen in the Golden State, unlike the deluges seen in the Midwest along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers…
We are seeing flash flooding in this warning. Creeks are rapidly rising and we are seeing flooding on parts of highway 299. Clough Creek normally running 5 foot wide is running 100-200 feet wide and may overflow onto highway 299. #CAwx https://t.co/3AoSVJGd0H
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 28, 2019
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