Much Needed Rain Arrives
Sonora, CA — Water officials are starting to gauge how much precipitation fell over the past 24 hours.
T.U.D. Associate Engineer Glen Nunnelly says 7/10ths of an inch of rain was recorded when measurements were taken shortly before 7am at the T.U.D. regional wastewater treatment center near the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. He notes that electronic readings indicate that 1 ½ inches of rain fell up near Pinecrest (not taking into account snow). T.U.D. is expecting that anywhere from 4-8 inches of snow may have fallen at the highest elevations with this storm system.
A spokesperson for Dodge Ridge ski resort says the summit recieved 16 inches of new snow and down at the base there was 4 inches.
The region needs much more precipitation to make-up for the drought conditions of the past several months.
The photo above shows the mix of rain and fog that made for near whiteout conditions this morning in downtown Sonora. Click here to find information about the latest advisory from the National Weather Service.