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An powerful atmospheric river thundered across Northern California Sunday and Monday, bringing rain, snow, and wind gusts in excess of 65 mph. 

A Flood Watch remains in effect until 4 a.m. Tuesday. Also, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Sierra until 10 p.m.

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Storm causes "significant" SMUD equipment damage

Sunday's storm event caused widespread damage in Northern California, including here in the Sacramento Valley.

SMUD said the high winds, which at times exceeded 65 miles per hour, resulted in more than 70 power poles being knocked down. Additionally, more than 430 wires were downed, most of which were due to toppled trees falling on them.

The utility company said there were more than 110 job sites in its coverage area "that require complex tree work before repairs can be made."

At its peak, Sunday's SMUD power outage left more than 200,000 customers in the dark. As of the publishing of this update, SMUD said 93% of customers had power restored. Just more than 14,000 customers remained without power countywide as of 10:30 p.m. Monday, according to SMUD's online outage map.

SMUD said it has more than 80 crews working around-the-clock to assess the damage and get power restored as quickly as possible.

By Richard Ramos

Roof of Dollar Tree collapses

The roof of a Dollar Tree in Citrus Heights collapsed overnight due to the major storm rolling through Northern California.

Images released by the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District show the dame from the inside.

Metro Fire said no one was injured and the building would remain closed until repairs are made.

By Richard Ramos

Snow still falling in Sierra, chain controls in effect

Chain controls were in effect Monday evening for eastbound I-80 travelers between Kingvale and Truckee. For westbound travelers, chains were required between the Donner Lake interchange and the Highway 20 junction.

Westbound truck and trailer traffic was being held or turned around at the Nevada state line but was released just before 4:50 p.m.

For up-to-date road conditions on Sierra highways, check here.

Madisen Keavy was nearby in Cisco Grove where the snowfall was still very active and wasn't letting up.

By Richard Ramos

Trees knocked over in Turlock

Photos released by the Turlock Fire Department show the damage done by multiple trees that were knocked over by high winds during Sunday's stormy weather.

Yesterday, Turlock Fire Department ran 22 storm related emergency calls thoughout the day involving electrical lines and...

Posted by City of Turlock - Fire Department on Monday, February 5, 2024
By Richard Ramos

Tree crashes down in Loomis

Video shows a large tree falling down in a yard in Loomis in Placer County, just missing a home.

By Richard Ramos

Dozens of phone poles replaced in Waterford

Dozens of phone poles were replaced in the Waterford town of Stanislaus County, east of Modesto, following the high winds brought on by the weekend storm.

The CHP Modesto said 41 phone poles were knocked over onto State Route 132, and the roadway would be closed between Wellsford and Geer Roads until AT&T crews finish hanging new telecommunications lines.

The closure is expected to last until around 5 p.m. Monday.

CHP Modesto
By Richard Ramos

Some Light Rail service to resume

SacRT says Blue Line service resumed at 2 p.m. Monday after power outages and storm debris prompted officials to temporarily suspend operations Sunday. 

While Blue Line service is back in operation, SacRT says the Gold and Green lines are still suspended. Along with power outages, overhead wires and crossing grades were damaged. 

By Cecilio Padilla

Storm-related death

A Carmichael-area resident has died after a tree fell on him in his backyard on Sunday, authorities say. 

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office confirmed that the man, 41-year-old Chad N. Ensey, died from a storm-related incident. 

While he suffered the injury at his home, the coroner's office says Ensey died at Mercy San Juan Medical Center. 

By Cecilio Padilla

Snowy Sierra

Chain controls are still up on Donner Summit on Monday afternoon as snow continues to coat the Sierra Nevada.

By Madisen Keavy

Tree falls on school

Not only is one school near Woodland closed because of a power outage, but a large tree has also fallen onto one of its buildings. 

The scene is at Plainfield Elementary School in Yolo County just south of Woodland. 

It appears a tree that was in front of the school split during the high winds on Sunday -- with one big section landing right on the school. 

Plainfield Elementary will be closed for Monday at the very least while crews work to get the tree trunk off the building. 

It's unclear if the building suffered any significant damage.  CBS13
By Cecilio Padilla

SoCal impacts

While Northern California deals with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, Southern California is expected to keep seeing flooding risks and heavy rainfall. 

CBS13 meteorologist Tracy Humphrey breaks down the weather situation across the state: 

By Cecilio Padilla

More Rocklin school closures

District officials say the following Rocklin schools are now closed for Monday: 

• Antelope Creek Elementary
• Rocklin Elementary
• Sierra Elementary
• Spring View Middle School 

By Cecilio Padilla

More school closures

Both West Campus and New Tech High School are closed on Monday due to power outages, the Sacramento City Unified School District says. Officials expect the schools to be back open as normal on Tuesday. 

All Loomis Unified School District schools are also closed on Monday, officials said. 

By Cecilio Padilla

PG&E outages

PG&E says about 479,000 customers across their whole service area remain without power on Monday morning.

The biggest outage area is in Placer County, where 41,014 customers are still in the dark.

Butte County is also seeing a massive outage, with 27,295 PG&E customers without power.

 PG&E says, since Sunday morning, they've restored power to 677,880 customers. 

By Cecilio Padilla

Rocklin Elementary closure

Officials say storm damage to the main water line that serves the school has prompted Rocklin Elementary to be closed on Monday. 

The Rocklin Unified School District says they are assessing all campuses on Monday, but only that one school has seen a closure so far. 

By Cecilio Padilla

School closures

Several schools and school districts across the region have decided to close on Monday over power outages and road condition concerns. 

The following schools are closed: 

-All schools in the Marysville Joint Unified School District
-Jesuit High School in Sacramento (due to power outage)
-St. Francis High School in Sacramento (due to power outage)
-Several campuses in the San Juan Unified School District: 

  • Albert Schweitzer Elementary
  • Arlington Heights Elementary
  • Carmichael Elementary
  • Coyle Avenue Elementary
  • Del Paso Manor Elementary
  • Deterding Elementary
  • El Camino Fundamental High
  • Green Oaks Elementary
  • Mariemont Elementary
  • Oakview Community Elementary
  • Offices/Other Locations: Kenneth Avenue
By Cecilio Padilla

Waking up to more damage

The Sacramento Valley is waking up to more damage after extreme winds overnight. 

Fallen trees are a common sight in neighborhoods all around the region. 

By Cecilio Padilla

House fire

Firefighters in Sacramento had to battle high winds during a house fire overnight. 

In an incident off of Stockton Boulevard, fire crews found themselves battling significant wind along with flames. 

Working smoke detectors are credited with helping residents escape. 

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By Cecilio Padilla

Scattered showers

The brunt of the storm has past, but some areas will still see some wet weather on Monday. 

Like in Roseville, where our photographer Dave Grashoff caught an early morning downpour. 

By Cecilio Padilla

Placer County road closures

Several roads across Placer County are closed. Here's a list: 

  • PFE near Antelope
  • 216 East View Road in Applegate
  • Ophir Road between Wise Road and Werner Road in Auburn
  • Virginia town between Gold Hill and Fowler in Lincoln
  • Moore Road between Fent and South Dowd in Lincoln
  • McCourtney between South Forbes and Riosa in Lincoln
  • Wise Road between Crosby, Harold and Garden Bar in Lincoln
  • Dick Cook Road in Loomis
  • Val Verde Road, near King Road in Loomis
By Brandon Downs

Sunday evening weather forecast

Here's a look at the latest weather forecast. 

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By Brandon Downs

Big rig blows over

Dramatic Tesla dashcam footage shows a big rig being blown over on Interstate 5 about five miles west of Highway 99 in West Sacramento Sunday night.

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By Brandon Downs

Sierra College closed

Sierra College said all classes and activities are canceled Monday at all locations. The campuses are closed due to weather and power outages. 

By Brandon Downs

SacRT update

Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) said Light Rail services are not expected to begin Monday morning. It said the system has significant damage and crews are working to repair the damage. 

The power outages are also affecting the services as SacRT said it has to wait for power to be restored to begin service. 

Bus bridges will be in place on the Blue and Gold Lines until services are restored. Bus delays are expected. 

By Brandon Downs

Highway 88 reopens

Highway 88 at Carson Pass has reopened after avalanche control. 

By Brandon Downs

Folsom powerlines down

The Folsom Police Department is asking people to stay away from Stafford Street between Natoma and Dean as powerlines are down and active on the road.

Police said residents should not attempt to cross over the wire or approach them. Crews are currently working to clear the scene and open the road. 

People are asked to use an alternative route. 

By Brandon Downs

Nearly 200K SMUD customers lose power

At about 7 p.m., 198,479 SMUD customers were without power, according to the utility company's app. The app says there are 739.

For more on the outages affecting SMUD customers, click here

By Brandon Downs

Traffic lights out

Sacramento Office of Emergency Services says traffic lights are out around the county. It says trees and other debris are making driving conditions dangerous. 

It says people can report outages and downed trees to 311.

By Brandon Downs

Sac Mather gust

A 68 mph gust was reported at the Sacramento Mather Airport. 

By Brandon Downs

Evening weather update

Strong winds continue to impact the Sacramento area, leading to downed trees and power outages.   

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By Brandon Downs

Sacramento parks closed

After closing Discovery Park ahead of the storm, Sacramento Regional Parks says all parks are currently closed. It is unknown when they will reopen. 

By Brandon Downs

Wheatland Road closed

Wheatland Road is closed from Ace Hardware to Oakley Lane due to multiple powerlines down, the police department said. 

It is unknown when the road will reopen. People traveling through the area are asked to find an alternative route. 

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By Brandon Downs

Highway 33 closed

Highway 33 north of Patterson is closed due to flooding Sunday evening. Caltrans said the road is blocked from Rodgers Road to Baldwin Raod and there is no estimated time it will reopen. 

Caltrans is urging drivers to not drive through flooded areas.

By Brandon Downs

Tree into home

Fire crews said a home was destroyed after a tree fell in Sacramento on Sunday. This happened in the area of 39th and J  streets, next to Sacred Heart Church. 

No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

By Brandon Downs

Highway 132 closed

Highway 132 between Wellsford and Geer is closed after multiple phone poles landed on the road.  There is no estimated time it will reopen. 

This is east of Modesto and before Waterford. 

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By Brandon Downs

Chain control update

Chain controls remain in place on I-80 from Kingvale to the Nevada State line for eastbound travelers. For people heading west, chains are in place from the Nevada State line to Rainbow. 

Chain controls are also in place on Highway 267 from Truckee to Kings Beach and on Highway 89 from Truckee to Tahoe City. 

By Brandon Downs

Sacramento County power outage

More than 100,000 customers in Sacramento County are without power Sunday afternoon. There are more than 500,000 customers without power throughout the state. 

By Brandon Downs

Wind gusts

Here's a look at the damaging wind speeds moving through the Sacramento area. 

By Brandon Downs

Afternoon forecast

Strong wind gusts are causing widespread power outages across the Sacramento region and down into the Central Valley.

By Cameron Glenn

SacRT suspends service

The Sacramento Regional Transit District has temporarily;ly suspended all Light Rail services due to the storm. SacRT said high winds, power outages, damaged grade crossing and debris, including trees, on the track have been reported. 

Bus bridges are in place on the Blue and Gold lines. SacRT is warning bus riders about delays. 

For the latest on SacRT alerts, click here

By Brandon Downs

Antelope Road closed

Antelope Road is closed between Poplar and Rosswood due to downed powerlines, the Citrus Heights Police Department said at about 3:30 p.m. People are asked to reduce speed in the area. 

By Brandon Downs

Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency as powerful storm hits SoCal

Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in eight counties in the state, including Los Angeles and Orange counties, as a powerful storm landed in Southern California Sunday.

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By Cameron Glenn

Tree down on cars in downtown Sacramento

A tree fell on cars and across 15th Street in downtown Sacramento Sunday afternoon. This is in between N and O streets.

By Brandon Downs

Rio Vista damage

People are asked to use caution in the area of S. 2nd Street at Delta Marina in Rio Vista after a dock roof blew off in the wind. 

The Rio Vista Fire Department said crews are on the scene. They said many sections of the roof are partially attached and will be secured as the wind subsides. 

Crews have cleared the roadway and are working to move the debris to a safe area.

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By Brandon Downs

I-80 conditions

Caltrans has chain controls in place on Interstate 80 in the Sierra. This is from Kingvale to the Nevada State line for eastbound travelers. Those heading west will run into chain controls at the Nevada State line until about five miles west of Kingvale. 

A high wind advisory is in effect over the Yolo Causeway and Bryte Bend Bride. 

A high wind advisory is also in effect from the Yolo/Sacramento County line to the Sacramento/Placer County line. Caltrans is not recommending campers, trailers or permit loads to travel through this area. 

By Brandon Downs

Valley power outages

More than 120,000 customers across the Sacramento Valley are without power. This for customers across Sacramento, Solano, Yolo, San Joaquin and Sutter counties. 

To track outages across California, click here.

By Brandon Downs

Highway 88 closed

Highway 88 has been closed for several hours due to the snow. Caltrans District 10 said Highway 88 was closed at about 1:30 p.m. due to avalanche controls. 

The highway is closed from more than three miles east of Silver Lake to Kirkwood. 

It is unknown when it will reopen. For the latest highway conditions, click here

By Brandon Downs

Thousands affected by power outages in Sacramento area

Strong winds have knocked down trees and powerlines, affecting tens of thousands of SMUD customers. 

For the latest outage information, visit SMUD's Outage Center, here.

PG&E customers can visit PG&E's Outage Center here.

Trees down in Fairfield due to high wind (63 mph wind gust measured in Fairfield)

Posted by Nic Merianos on Sunday, February 4, 2024
By Cameron Glenn

Street flooding in Woodland

By Cameron Glenn

Powerful wind gusts moving across the region

By Cameron Glenn

Snow forecast for the Sierra

The Sierra could see up to four feet of snow by Tuesday.

By Cameron Glenn

Storm impacting Sierra travel

Highway 89 around Emerald Bay is closed, Caltrans says.

By Cameron Glenn

7-day snow totals

Over the last week, the Berkeley Snow lab has seen about 2.5 feet of new snow.

By Cameron Glenn

Water is flowing into the expanded Yolo Bypass

A new multi-million dollar flood control project is being put to the test along the Sacramento River. Water is running into what had been tomato and wheat fields in Yolo County. The area is part of a seven-mile-long expansion of the Yolo Bypass between Interstate 5 to the north and West Sacramento to the south.

By Cameron Glenn

Flooding concerns in the Sacramento region

Flooding concerns remain for the Delta, Valley, and foothills through Monday night, NWS posted on X Sunday.

By Cameron Glenn

8 a.m. Update

By Cameron Glenn

Car flips along Sacramento-area freeway

Another vehicle lost control and drove off I-80 near Chiles Road.

By Cameron Glenn

7 a.m. Update

By Cameron Glenn

Strong gust winds to persist throughout the day, NWS says

By Cameron Glenn

Chain controls in effect on I-80 over Donner Summit

In addition, chain controls are in effect on Highway 50, Highway 88, and Highway 89.

By Cameron Glenn

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