The latest in a series of storms driven by an atmospheric river moved through the central San Joaquin Valley on Monday morning, with another front close behind.
The latest storm dumped 0.89 inches in the Fresno area overnight, 0.82 in Merced, 0.61 in Visalia and 0.73 in Hanford. The National Weather Service said the next storm will hit the state Tuesday and will continue through Wednesday.
Snow levels, at 9,000 feet Sunday, were to fall to 6,000 feet by Monday evening. A winter storm warning is in effect for the Sierra above 6,000 through Wednesday, with 12 to 16 inches of new snow forecast to fall.
While heavy rainfall caused evacuations in the North Fork area, other areas across the Valley also are being hit hard.
The California Highway Patrol said the wet weather caused mudslides on Tollhouse Road, just north of Lodge Road near Prather, shut down Highway 198 at Firestone Avenue west of Coalinga and closed Highway 33 at Lost Hills Road in western Fresno County. Water also shut down the junction of Highway 198 and Lassen Avenue in Huron.
Highway 198 west of Coalinga into Monterey County reopened Monday afternoon, Caltrans officials said. But as that roadway opened, Los Gatos Creek Road at South Derrick Avenue was shut down because of bridge issues, the CHP reported shortly before 5 p.m.
A rockslide on Highway 198 near Lake Kaweah closed the road to one lane. Caltrans said there was no estimated time for fully reopening Highway 198 between Long Drive and the Kaweah Marina. One-way traffic control will continue into late Tuesday and delays of 15 minutes are possible.
As of Monday morning, the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park remained closed at the Foothill Visitor Center at Ash Mountain. Crews were removing trees, rocks and mud from the highway, said Mike Theune, acting public information officer.
The road will be reopened to traffic when it is safe and after park officials have inspected the road for damage, he said.
The General Sherman Tree and other park attractions are not accessible to visitors. Anyone with reservations to Wuksachi Lodge should call the lodge, he said.
In Three Rivers in Tulare County, the Kaweah River rose, but there were no reports of major damage to property.
“It’s high water, but I’ve seen more,” said longtime resident Sophie Britten. The last time this much water was in the river was 1997, she said.
Two bridges in Three Rivers were closed Sunday night because of debris overflowing onto them, but they were cleared and reopened Monday, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said.
Mountain regions of Tulare County have also had trees fall on roads, which were cleared.
Elsewhere, just after midnight Sunday a mudslide caused road blockage on Highway 168 near Indian Camp Road, Caltrans said.
In Madera County, the sheriff’s department closed Road 620 at the Carter Creek crossing after the creek overflowed and washed out the roadway Sunday morning.
The flood watch for the central San Joaquin Valley remains in place through Wednesday, as does the flash-flood watch for the Sierra from Yosemite to Sequoia national parks, and the foothills of Madera, Fresno and Tulare counties.
Staff writers Jim Guy and Lewis Griswold contributed.
Central San Joaquin Valley residents needing sandbags can go to these sites (bring your own shovel)
Biola, Area 4 Road Yard, 12855 W. G St.
Fresno-Clovis, Area 7 Road Yard, 9400 N. Matus Ave., Fresno
Sanger, Area 8 Road Yard, 9525 E. Olive Ave.
Tranquillity, Area 2 Road Yard, Denver and Lincoln avenues
Clovis public works yard, 155 N. Sunnyside Ave.
Coalinga Fire Department, 300 W. Elm Ave.
Kings County public works yard, South 11th Avenue, Hanford
Hanford city public works yard, 900 S. 10th Ave., Hanford
Lemoore, lot at F and Fox streets (across from Leprino Foods East)
Sandbags and sand can be obtained at the following sites:
Madera County Fire Station No. 3, 25950 Avenue 18 1/2 , Madera
Madera County Fire Station No. 8, 47050 Road 417 (and Quartz Mountain Road), Coarsegold
CAL FIRE Rancheria Fire Station, 53488 Road 200, O’Neals
Madera County Fire Station No. 12, 48355 Liberty Drive, Oakhurst
Madera County Fire Station No. 19, 35141 Bonadelle Ave., Madera
Madera Power LLC, 11427 Firebaugh Blvd., Madera
For sand only:
Madera County Central Garage, 14335 Road 28, Madera
Ponding basin, Avenue 24 and Road 19, Madera
Rotary Park, 930 N. Gateway Drive, Madera
Vacant lot, southeast corner, Clinton and Tozer streets, Madera
Vacant lot, E and 14th streets, across from railroad tracks, Madera
Chowchilla Public Works Yard, 360 N. First St., Chowchilla
Bass Lake Sewer Plant (behind court building), Road 274, Bass Lake
Sewer Treatment Plant, Victoria Lane, Oakhurst
For sandbags only:
Madera City Fire Station No. 6, 317 N. Lake St., Madera
Madera City Fire Station No. 7, 200 S. Schnoor Ave., Madera
Madera Public Works Yard, 1030 S. Gateway Drive, Madera
Chowchilla City Hall, 130 S. Second St., Chowchilla
Chowchilla Police Department, 122 Trinity Ave., Chowchilla
Fire stations in Alpaugh, Pixley, Earlimart, West Olive Avenue and Doyle Colony in Porterville, Lindsay, Lemon Cove, Three Rivers, Cutler/Orosi
Visalia City Public Works Yard, 335 N. Cain St.