Be prepared for hazards of winter storms
Last week’s winter storm that hit Northern California — what USA Today calls the “fiercest storm in five years” — should serve as a wake-up call. The Pineapple Express, a river of warm, moisture-laden air that originates near Hawaii in the Southern Pacific Ocean, pumped lots of moisture toward the West Coast with wind, rain and snow.
Parts of Plumas County received more than 5 inches of precipitation during the two-day blast. It fell in the form of heavy wet snow Thursday night and Friday — some areas got up to 8 inches of the white stuff.
Flooding concerns were raised along creeks and rivers, although no major flooding materialized.