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California braces for ‘once-in-10-year’ storm amid fears of flooding, avalanches, blizzards

LA Times [1]
January 6, 2017

California was bracing for an epic series of storms this weekend that could bring flooding, avalanches, blizzards and road closures.

Northern California is expected to be hit Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Up to 12 inches of rain below 8,500 feet is expected, and massive amounts of snow — up to 6 feet — above that elevation. A fourth, colder storm two days behind will drop yet more heavy snow.

“It’s a once-in-10-year event,” said Zach Tolby, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service [2] in Reno. “It’s the strongest storm we’ve seen in a long time, the kind of setup we look for to get significant flooding.”

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