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Flood watch issued as 'significant' storm rolls into North State

Redding Record Searchlight logo Redding Record Searchlight 5/18/2020 Damon Arthur, Redding Record Searchlight
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It's shaping up to be a wet and windy week as the National Weather Service on Sunday issued a flood watch and an advisory predicting a "significant" late season storm with moderate to heavy rain predicted through Tuesday.

The wind could reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph in the valley and 40 to 60 mph in the mountains, according to the weather service.

Sunday's chance of scattered thunderstorms were expected to become widespread on Monday and Tuesday in the valley and surrounding foothills.

The weather service urged motorists to watch out for slick roads, standing water, tree branches and difficult driving conditions due to the gusty winds, rain and snow. The storm also could bring hail and heavy downpours, the weather service said.

In the mountains, the snow level is expected to be above most mountain passes on Sunday, but falling to 6,000 to 6,500 feet in elevation Monday. Chains also could be required in some areas.

"Higher elevation mountain travel is expected to be difficult late tonight through Tuesday," the weather service said.

By Wednesday there could be scattered mountain showers and drier conditions later in the week.

The storms that have persisted over the North State the past couple weeks have helped to somewhat offset what was an otherwise dry winter in the Redding area. 

a close up of text on a white background: Storm timeline © National Weather Service Storm timeline

As of Sunday afternoon, 2.44 inches of rain were recorded since May 1 at the weather service's official rain gauge at the Redding Municipal Airport. Normal for that time of the month was 0.96 of an inch.

While the monthly rainfall total was up for Redding, the rainfall total of 12.09 inches since January was well below the normal of 19.28.

The weather service keeps also keeps track of rainfall from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. The rainfall total of 21.79 inches since Oct. 1 was also well below the normal 32.13 inches.

North State reservoirs, however, are doing better than rainfall. Lake Shasta and Trinity Lake were both 91% of their average for this time of year as of Sunday, according to the state Department of Water Resources. Trinity Lake was 77% full while Lake Shasta was 78% full, the state said.

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Damon Arthur is the Record Searchlight’s resources and environment reporter. He is among the first on the scene at breaking news incidents, reporting real time on Twitter at @damonarthur_RS. Damon is part of a dedicated team of journalists who investigate wrongdoing and find the unheard voices to tell the stories of the North State. He welcomes story tips at 530-338-8834 and damon.arthur@redding.com. Help local journalism thrive by subscribing today!

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