An atmospheric river, which is defined as a slender band of water vapor that pulls moisture from the tropics, is known for dumping "significant levels of rain and snow," especially in locations across the West Coast, according to the National Weather Service.
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What is an Atmospheric River? California is no stranger to atmospheric rivers. In fact, one nearly wiped out Sacramento in Gold Rush times. Scientists say climate change will mean bigger and more frequent atmospheric river events that dump more water on the West Coast. Water levels in creeks, streams and rivers have risen rapidly as the storm continues its march across the region. Deluges of rain soaking already saturated soil could trigger rockslides, landslides and debris flows.
On Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a mud and rock slide shut down southbound lanes Wednesday afternoon.
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Rainwater has already completely inundated several roads across the Bay Area, especially in the North Bay. Residents along the river area from Willow Glen Way to Atlanta Avenue were encouraged to evacuate due to the threat of flooding. Weather officials have also issued a high wind warning through 10 a. Thursday for locations along the coast and in the hills resting above 1, feet.
Winds are predicted to blow between 25 and 35 mph, while gusts could peak around 60 mph. The weather service stated that winds would topple trees and power lines, leaving some people in the dark due to scattered power outages.
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Another tree nearly fell onto a home on Willow Road in Menlo Park. A wind advisory has been called through 10 a. Wind speeds were predicted to range between 20 and 35 mph, with gusts topping out around 45 mph. As of 11 p.
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The Guadalupe River in San Jose is a hot spot for rising waters and could mean some bike path closures along its banks. Marianne Favro reports. Swells could range between 13 and 17 feet with breaking waves topping out anywhere between 18 and 24 feet.
Winds ramped up Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the weather service reported. Strong winds could topple tree limbs and trees, leading to possible power outages. When it comes to the rain, the coastal hills and locations in the North Bay are expected to lead the way with 1 to 3 inches of accumulated rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the weather service.
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Other spots around the Bay Area are predicted to receive anywhere from one-quarter to three-quarters of an inch of rain during the two-day span. The weather service cautioned that roadway flooding, creek and stream flooding, and minor landslides and rockslides could be possible in some areas.
Chances of thunderstorms were in the forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday for much of the region, the weather service reported. Gusty winds and rain will move across the Bay Area in time for the evening commute. Meteorologist Kari Hall has the details in the Microclimate Forecast. Rachael Ray Producers' favorite segments; a woman gets a makeover; shrimp cocktail; roast beef sandwiches.
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