Two persons died in a fully submerged car due to overnight rain in northern California.
On Thursday, Dec. 23, firemen were unable to reach two passengers in a fully submerged car in a flooded underpass in Millbrae, California, just south of San Francisco. Firefighters rescued two people who had climbed atop their car in a flooded tunnel, but they couldn’t reach the fully submerged vehicle, San Mateo County sheriff’s Detective Javier Acosta said.
Earlier, a large Christmas weekend storm in Northern California and Nevada caused whiteout conditions and the shutdown of significant highways due to snowfall.
The storm was the latest in a series of violent ones to hit Southern California. Rain and heavy winds flooded streets and knocked down power lines late Saturday, Dec. 25.
Thirty automobiles piled up on Interstate 395 in Reno on Sunday, Dec. 26, injuring at least three people due to poor visibility.
The Associated Press reported that Interstate 80 was closed for 70 miles (112 km) from Colfax, California, to the Nevada state boundary, passing through Lake Tahoe.
Many other highways were also blocked. As the California Department of Transportation said, motorists were cautioned of slippery conditions.
The National Weather Service’s Office in Reno, Nevada, stated on Sunday, Dec. 26: “Expect major travel delays on all roads,” then, “Today is the type of day to just stay home if you can. More snow is on the way too!”
Because of probable “widespread whiteout conditions” and wind gusts of up to 45 mph (72 km/h), the National Weather Service has made a winter storm warning for the greater Lake Tahoe area until 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28.
From San Diego to Seattle, the weather was unpredictable. Snowfall of more than a foot (0.3 meters) has been reported near Port Angeles on Washington’s Puget Sound.
According to Los Angeles International Airport, a “storm-related electrical issue” led to the partial closure of Terminal 5. As a result, certain services for post-Christmas travelers were shifted to other terminals.
Snowfall was 114 percent to 137 percent over normal in the range on Christmas Eve, according to the state’s Department of Water Resources, with more snow forecast.
Up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) of snow is expected at the Sierra’s highest elevation.