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Debris flow risk | Snow survey results | Power outage preparations

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Storm poses risk for mudslides in burn scars

Another potent atmospheric river storm will impact Northern California today. High initial snow levels and base amounts of precipitation may also lead to debris flows in burn scar areas such as the Dixie Fire and August Complex. Wind gusts in the Sacramento Valley and adjacent foothills have the potential to exceed 50 miles per hour, leading to falling tree limbs.

— Dave Schlom, NSPR

Snowpack survey shows promising results

A recent spate of storms dumped snow in the Sierra Nevada, bringing with them a little relief from California’s long drought, according to The Associated Press. Results from yesterday morning’s snow survey are in, and state officials say snowpack in California’s mountains is off to one of its best starts in 40 years.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Pacific Gas & Electic prepares for possible outages

The National Weather Service is predicting high winds of around 50 miles per hour, which have the potential to cause widespread power outages. Megan McFarland, a spokesperson for Pacific Gas & Electric, said crews are standing by if the lights do go out, but closed roads and fallen trees might delay their efforts. Residents should prepare for the possibility of losing power for several days.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Interview: State climatologist shares perspective on recent storms

2023 is off to a very wet start in Northern California on top of one of the wettest Decembers on record. CapRadio’s Randol White spoke with California State Climatologist Michael Anderson to give some perspective on what we’re experiencing and possibly where we’re headed. Listen to the interview in today’s headlines.

— CapRadio Staff

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Ken came to NSPR through the back door as a volunteer, doing all the things that volunteers do. Almost nothing – nothing -- in his previous work experience suggests that he would ever be on public radio.
Angel Huracha has been a part of the journalism field since 2006 and has covered a range of topics. He is a graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in English.
Jamie is NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covers all things fire, but her main focus is wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as podcast editor at the Daily Bruin.
Adia White is a broadcast journalist and producer with nearly 10 years of experience. Her work has appeared on WNYC, This American Life, Capital Public Radio and other local and national programs. She started at North State Public Radio as a freelance reporter in 2017 before leaving for a stint at Northern California Public Media in Santa Rosa.