Live updates: California pummeled by major winter storm packing feet of snow, flooding downpours

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
November 30, 2018, 5:51:04 AM EST

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As of 1:55 a.m. PST Friday, the reports below are no longer being updated.


Widespread rain and heavy mountain snow will continue to impact much of California into Friday morning, bringing the risk of flooding, mudslides and travel delays.

Several roads across the Golden State have already been closed following debris flows near the burn scars of recent wildfires, including the Ferguson Fire, Camp Fire and Holy Fire.

Image via Daniel Dreifuss/AP

Debris from the Jan. 9 mudslide sits on the side of the Montecito Creek as it flows Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Daniel Dreifuss)

Image via Twitter/Caltrans District 8

Major debris flow and rocks have closed State Route 38 in both directions from Valley of the Falls Dr. to Lake Williams Dr.

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Officials have enacted multiple resources such as search and rescue teams and swift water response equipment in case of mudslides or flash floods.

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Officials have enacted multiple resources such as search and rescue teams and swift water response equipment in case of mudslides or flash floods.

Image via Twitter/@LASDHQ

Officials are monitoring the heavy rain.

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Heavy snow falling near Mono Lake, California.

Image via Twitter/San Jose Fire Dept.

The Alameda was closed both directions in Stockton due to flooding under the railroad crossing.

<i>A bulldozer clearing debris from Highway 140 in California. (Photo: Caltrans District 10)</i>

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Major debris flow and rocks have closed State Route 38 in both directions from Valley of the Falls Dr. to Lake Williams Dr.

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In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, rain showers begin to diminish at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Forecasters say California will see widespread rain and heavy Sierra Nevada snowfall starting late Wednesday that could create travel problems and unleash damaging runoff from wildfire burn scars. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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A scoop clears debris from a mudslide that partially blocked Honey Run Road, Thursday, Nov. 29, near Chico, Calif. Flash flooding hit Chico and nearby wildfire-scarred Paradise, forcing officials to deploy swift water rescue teams to save people stuck in vehicles and rescue them from homes.

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Butte County road worker Matt Brandt clears a drain pump of debris from a mudslide that partially blocked Honey Run Road, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, near Chico, Calif.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Mud and debris has washed down normally-dry Solstice Creek in an area burned by the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Vehicles pass each other on a flooded street Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Chico, Calif. Flash flooding hit Chico and nearby wildfire-scarred Paradise causing flooding and mudslides.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Mud and debris has flowed onto Kanan-Dume Road in an area burned by the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Calif. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A man surfs near Fort Point in front of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Netting and straw wattle covers a hillside along Pacific Coast Highway in an area burned by the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.


Meanwhile, heavy snow will continue to pummel the Sierra Nevada.

"Donner Pass could be measuring snow in feet by Friday morning, and it’s not out of the question that the pass would need to be shut down for a time," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda.

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12:30 a.m. PST Friday:

Three water rescues were performed in the town of Chico, California, as heavy rain moved through on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. The town is housing many of those who evacuated Paradise because of the Camp Fire.



11:00 p.m. PST Thursday:

While rain is winding down in Downtown Los Angeles, the city picked up more rain on Thursday (1.48 inches) than what typically falls during the entire month of November (1.11 inches).

Redding, California, also received an impressive 2.54 inches of rain on Thursday, which bumped its month-to-date rainfall to 6.52 inches, or 153 percent of normal.


9:05 p.m. PST Thursday:

Nearly 30,000 customers are without power in California, according to poweroutage.us. Over half of these outages are occurring in Butte County.



7:10 p.m. PST Thursday:

Over 1,000 flights have been delayed across the southwestern United States due to poor weather conditions, according to FlightStats.com. The majority of these delays were at Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.


6:20 p.m. PST Thursday:

Strong winds are whipping the mountains in Southern California with gusts occasionally topping 70 mph.

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5:00 p.m. PST Thursday:

A line of thunderstorms is tracking directly over downtown Los Angeles and could cause urban flooding and travel delays through the evening commute.

Heavy rain in Southern California has caused flooding and mudslides near Malibu around the area of the Woosley Fire. Some residents in the area are being asked to evacuate.


Meanwhile, significant rain continues to fall along the west slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with reports of several inches of rain. This heavy rain has lead to flash flooding and debris flows, particularly in areas close to burn scars from recent wildfires, such as the Camp Fire.



4:20 p.m. PST Thursday:

Some residents near the Camp Fire burn scar are being asked to take shelter in places due to flooding. People taking shelter should avoid the lowest areas of the building.



3:25 p.m. PST Thursday:

A mudslide has closed part of State Route 140 near where the Ferguson Fire burned earlier this year. This includes part of the road that extends into Yosemite National Park.

“There were three or four mudslides overnight, as well as at least one temporarily plugged culvert (drain),” Caltrans said on Thursday.

“The SR-140 closure -- which begins near Midpines at Bear Creek and continues up to Foresta Road in El Portal -- has no estimated time of opening. That is mudslide impact- and weather-dependent,” Caltrans added.

This is just one of many roads across the state that have been closed due to mudslides and debris flows.

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A bulldozer clearing debris from Highway 140 in California. (Photo: Caltrans District 10)


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