Big, big flakes started about 8:15 this am. Soft, drifting 1/2 dollar size flakes, some silver dollar-sized. If it continues and sticks, I will have photos. Right now, I need to build a fire, have a second cup of coffee and watch with amazement. Later, I will have a 1/31/98 journal entry to compare to today’s totals (hint: we are seriously behind the 1998 totals.) Oh, my, this is so beautiful! BTW, Cone Peak shots are unlikely, as we are shrouded in the clouds.
From SLO Meterologist: “Total rainfall amounts will range between 0.75 and 1.75 inches with higher amounts in the Santa Lucia Mountains. Snow levels will fall as colder air filters into California. Snowfall will range between 12 and 18 inches for the southern Sierra & 6 and10 inches across the Tehachapi Range.
Snow levels will continue to drop to around 2,500 and 3,000 feet by tonight with a chance for some snow accumulation to reach down into the higher mountains of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.”
As of 7 am, I have received .54″ since midnight. NOAA Monterey says:
“SYNOPSIS…LIGHT RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO TAPER OFF TODAY AS THE
TAIL END OF A SYSTEM MOVES TO THE EAST. THE NEXT SYSTEM WILL
SPREAD RAIN ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE FORECAST AREA ON
SUNDAY…WITH LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST
AND IN THE SANTA LUCIA MOUNTAINS….
.DISCUSSION…AS OF 3:25 AM PST SATURDAY…KMUX RADAR IS
CURRENTLY OUT OF SERVICE…AWAITING PARTS TO REPAIR IT. EARLIEST
IT COULD BE REPAIRED WOULD BE THIS AFTERNOON.”
All businesses north and south of the slide will be open as usual, but best to be past the closure and nearing your destination in plenty of time to avoid any inconvenience.
“Cow Cliffs [just north of Big Creek] will have its first overnight full closure on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 10 pm until 6 am (Friday morning from PM28-PM29) to place girders on the viaduct. Electronic message boards will be activated to inform motorists of this hard closure. The CHP will assist with traffic control. Motorists are advised to reach their destination by 10 pm on Thursday, Jan. 28.”
I have been out of town for a while, but keeping an eye on the storms and road conditions. I, like many of you, will be preparing for the upcoming storm, restocking, getting laundry done and dried with the sun to make it easier, and catching up on making up for my absence to my dogs. Blogging is likely to be sporadic this week as a result.
It looks to be a warmer, clear week, with another storm building. Meterologist John Lindsey has this to say: “Current longer-range forecast models suggest a stormy weather pattern starting Saturday afternoon and continuing through the following week. The models are indicating a particularly strong low-pressure system developing off the California Coast on Sunday with moderate gale-force to fresh gale-force (32 to 46 mph) southeasterly winds, heavy rain and high seas. These are long-range models; consequently, the timing and intensity of this predicted storm will probably change as the week progresses.”
UPDATE 1/24/16 1:40p.m: The Monterey County Sheriff’s office said the three Stockton hikers who were reported missing in Big Sur, have walked out and are ok.
No further details.
Two separate incidents: Three missing hikers:
BIG SUR, Calif. – Three hikers from Stockton have been reported missing in Big Sur, according to the Stockton Police Department.
Police said Tyler Betteridge,20, David Betterridge, 23, and Robert Garcia, 22, were supposed to return home Saturday night after a hiking trip in Big Sur. Investigators said the men’s car was later found unoccupied in the Big Sur area.
Monterey County deputies said they are monitoring the situation.
If you come across these hikers, police ask you contact them immediately.
Neither MCSO or Stockton say which part of Big Sur their car was found. No indication the two incidents are related.
MONTEREY, Calif. – The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed two people, who were Base-jumping off Bixby Bridge, have been missing since Saturday morning.
The Sheriff’s Dive Team responded to the search Sunday morning, but deputies said it has been temporarily called off due to high surf conditions
Highway One is blocked at Captain Copper. CHP says this:
7:25 PM 6  UNK IF RDWY WILL BE COMPLETELY BLOCKED
7:25 PM 5  1039 CT – SUPERVISOR ENRT TO CPT COOPER TO ASSESS
7:22 PM 4  CAN CT PUT OUT SIGN BOARD AT RIO RD – 12 WILL BE TURNING AROUND VEHS
7:12 PM 3  PER CALTRANS – THEY DO NOT WORK AT NIGHT SO THEY WILL PROBABLY CLOSE THE WHOLE RDWAY DOWN
7:11 PM 2  1039 CALTRANS
7:09 PM 1  ACTIVE SLIDE / ROCKS AND LAND- RDWY COMPLETELY BLOCKED
There is also this, but it doesn’t say which highway. If it is ours, it is by Coast Gallery, notorious for problems
6:31 PM – mud/dirt/rocks MM42 no details.
Above is a photo taken near White Rock (just south of Coast Gallery) taken by Jon Knight, BSVFB. Greg DeAlba, Maintenance Supervisor, Willow Springs Station, also says the slide near Captain Cooper was cleared.