While things wind down here in the city, rain-wise, Lake Tahoe is in for another four to eight inches of snow today, prompting a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service, KRON 4 tells us. Heavenly ski resort has gotten a whopping nine feet in the last three days, but skiing Thursday is expected to be fairly treacherous with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in North Lake report that they'll have only limited operations today with delayed openings of trails and they say on Facebook that they've gotten 14 feet of snow in the past 11 days.
Needless to say, ski season renters are being advised to wait until Friday to drive up from the Bay Area, as road conditions remain bad.
Here in San Francisco, the Chronicle reports that the total tally of fallen trees due to this week's storms now stands at 347, with the Department of Public Works reporting 300 (and counting) and Rec and Parks reporting 47 downed trees that they've had to deal with. And the number is inevitably bigger given that this does not count trees on private property.
Up in Guerneville, which sitting at one of the most flood-prone and lowest lying parts of the Russian River is accustomed to winter floods, the waters peaked Wednesday at 37.74 feet, right at the lower estimate that was given yesterday. This still falls far short of the major New Year's Day flood in 2006 when the river peaked at 44 feet, and hopefully damages in town will not be so severe. ABC 7 reports that the Safeway store in town lost some stock not due to floodwaters, but because of a power outage. They also have footage of a dude who had to be lifted out of his own Humvee via helicopter after he got it stuck in floodwaters in the area.
Meanwhile, ABC 7 reports on big cleanup efforts underway in Alameda County, where roads are being cleared of mud in Sunol, and Niles Canyon Road just reopened Wednesday afternoon after a mudslide there.
Highway 1 in Marin County between Stinson Beach and Bolinas had to be closed Wednesday night due to mudslides, as CBS 5 reports.
And down south, traffic has been impeded throughout the week in the vicinity of Highway 17 between San Jose and Santa Cruz. While that highway is back open, Highways 9 and 35 were closed by downed trees and mudslides between Tuesday and Wednesday, as the Mercury News reports.
Santa Cruz Harbor also took a hit in the form of storm runoff and sediment, which combined with King Tides have left a number of boats "stuck in the muck" at low tide as CBS 5 reports. The harbor has been deemed no longer safe to navigate as mounds of mud now exist where they weren't before.