Feb 4, 2019

Second Northwest Winter Storm Shuts Roads and Schools From California to Washington

Ventura County, CA
USA
by
Ron Brackett
,
The Weather Channel
A large stone pine tree thought to be 100-years-old crashed into a home on Saturday, February 2, 2019, in Santa Barbara, California, during a powerful winter storm. Officials said no one was injured. Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department
A large stone pine tree thought to be 100-years-old crashed into a home on Saturday, February 2, 2019, in Santa Barbara, California, during a powerful winter storm. Officials said no one was injured. Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Snow from the latest storm system to hit the Northwest has authorities asking people to stay off the roads Monday, while further south mudslides continued to block roads.

From the Sierra Nevada to Seattle, snow-covered roads are causing cars to spin out and tractor trailers to jackknife.

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had 3 inches of snow by early Monday. As of 5:30 a.m. local time, 16 flights into and out of Seattle were canceled, according to flightaware.com.

Snow totals were higher north of the city with 10 inches reported in North Bend, 8 in Marysville and 6 in Redmond.

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The California Highway Patrol reported Saturday that rain caused a debris flow that washed boulders and rocks onto northbound Interstate 5 near Grapevine. Mudflows and water also closed all of U.S. 101 from Milpas Street in Santa Barbara to Sheffield Drive in Montecito.

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On Saturday, muddy brown water raged down a neighborhood street in Malibu, dragging boulders and tree limbs with it, ABC 7 reported. Video showed the water was about 4 or 5 feet deep.

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On Friday, Santa Barbara County ordered evacuations of areas near burn scars from the Thomas, Whittier and Sherpa fires, the Associated Press reported.

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The Ventura County Sheriff's Office also ordered evacuations in areas burned in the Woolsey Fire, and residents of Malibu were advised to leave.