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    Default CA braces for feet of snow from storms; 'severe weather event' to impact Plains

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    It may be May, but Spring has not quite sprung in the Golden State.

    Parts of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] still resemble a scene out of winter, with a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] bringing several feet of snow to mountain areas, ahead of a "significant" [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] threat across the nation's [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    The National Weather Service [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] that a series of Pacific storms are bringing heavy rain, mountain snow, and gusty winds across the West. A winter storm warning was issued Wednesday night that will run through Friday morning for the southern Sierra Nevada.


    Heavy snow was reported in Kingsville, Calif. on Thursday as a storm system moved into the region. (KVOR via NNS)

    The first storm, headed in from the Gulf of Alaska, is expected to bring up to an inch of rain in some areas of the Sacramento Valley and as much as 2 feet of snow in some mountain spots at elevations of about 7,000 feet.

    Snow could fall at lower elevations on Thursday with 6-12 inches expected at pass levels, the National Weather Service said.

    "Daytime highs today will drop as well down to as much as 20 degrees below normal for the date," [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    In Yosemite [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], spokesman Scott Gediman told the Associated Press that popular 16-mile tourist route Glacier Point Road, which offers sweeping views of Yosemite Valley and Half Dome, closed Wednesday and will remain shuttered until the storms pass. A second system is expected to impact the region on Saturday.

    The current storm is not expected to create widespread flooding because some snow has already melted, according to California Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci.


    A series of storm system are bringing heavy rain and mountain snow to California through the weekend. (Fox News)

    In Butte County, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] Kory Honea took to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to reassure residents about the ability of the Oroville Dam to handle inflow from the upcoming storms. Two years ago, 200,000 people had to evacuate amid fears prompted by heavy rain.

    "I don't believe there is a current imminent threat," [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. "If I come to believe there is a problem that puts the safety of our community in imminent danger I will not hesitate to alert people."

    As the system heads east, attention will then to the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to the Ohio Valley where the NWS said a "significant severe weather event" is forecast beginning Friday.

    "Very large hail, damaging winds, tornadoes, and heavy rain can be expected," the NWS said. "Severe weather threats will continue through the weekend and into next week."

    On Friday, there is an "enhanced" risk of severe thunderstorms with the threat of "very large hail" and tornadoes across Nebraska and West Texas, according to the NWW's [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].


    A "significant" severe weather threat is expected over the nation's mid-section starting on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. (Fox News)

    By Saturday the threat stretches from Iowa on southward to central and northeast Texas, including the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.


    The areas at most risk of seeing tornadoes in May. (Fox News)

    "Severe storms are possible over a large area Saturday, from Texas to Iowa, with the greatest threat across central/northeast Texas toward the Arklatex where a few tornadoes, hail and wind are possible," the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
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    Intermittent showers and gale-force sunshine here at the SoCal coastline in Huntington Beach.

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    Sunny and low humidity for the moment here in North Florida
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    Three days ago the high temperature was 92 degrees. Today its 60 degrees. Its the third day of, serious at times, rain. The mountains are getting pounded.
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    Both good and bad
    Good; it helps ease the drought and the central valley will hopefully have water for the farmers
    Bad; it makes the mountain grass grow, which will then become tinder in the summer when the rains cease and another devastating fire season will be at hand UNLESS CA forest folks do the right thing this year to avoid another Paradise scenario.
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    I guess their badly maintained dams will be tested to the limits.

    As for preventing or reducing any drought conditions, that's not going to happen because CA can't store the water. It just all runs out to the oceans.

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    Gotta save those Delta fish
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    So, same ol' same ol'.

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    But when disaster comes, there will be a caravan of Kalifornia politicians coming to DC with their open hands begging for money from the President they hate
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    Still raining. High temperatures still in the low-to-mid 60s.
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