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Rain Pounds Napa Valley, Flood Warning Issued

Expect a rainy Christmas this year, the National Weather Service says

Baby it's cold outside, and wet. And according to the National Weather Service, it will continue throughout Christmas.

Rains have pounded the region, causing the NWS to issue a flood warning along the Napa River. The rain is expected to continue through Christmas but is expected to taper off by Wednesday evening.

The flood warning is in place for the Napa River near St. Helena until Monday morning or until the warning is cancelled, the NWS said. At 1:30 p.m., Sunday, the stage was at 15.4 feet. Flood stage is at 16 feet, with minor flooding forecast. 

"At 18 feet, moderate flooding across lower areas of towns along the reach (is expected)," the flood warning read. "Primary and most secondary roads will flood, making travel difficult to nearly impossible in some areas."

Take a look at the forecast for the week:

7-DAY FORECAST

  • Late Afternoon A 40 percent chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. West wind around 10 mph.
  • Tonight A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm.  Patchy fog after 10pm.  Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 37. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm  in the evening.
  • Monday Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Light south wind.
  • Monday Night A 10 percent chance of rain after 4am.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm  in the evening.
  • Christmas Day Rain likely, mainly after 10am.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. East wind 5 to 7 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.
  • Tuesday Night Showers.  Low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
  • Wednesday Showers likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Wednesday Night A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.
  • Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
  • Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.
  • Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 52.
  • Friday Night A slight chance of rain.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.
  • Saturday A chance of showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 53.
  • Saturday Night A slight chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.
  • Sunday A slight chance of showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

 

MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" December 24, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Wow flooding on a tidal river what a shocker. Question is. can I get a check back for my share of the flood control tax?
V_Therese December 24, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Are some of onerain.com's gauges broken? Latest updates for Napa River at Lincoln and at Napa are 18:00 (6:00) and 18:47 (6:47). It's 8:30 now. Other gauges are updating, but not those.
Julio J December 24, 2012 at 06:10 AM
The sensors have done some odd things once in a while, if you were looking at sensor 2263, you can see a few times over the past week, when it didn't rain, the graph shows the level was way over flood stage. Many sensors report things like that once in a while, and data also seems to come in at uneven intervals. They also could benefit from converting their data into RSS feeds for those who want to get the latest info. I made an RSS from that sensor specifically which updates around every 6 hours, then plugged it into an IFTTT recipe so I get texts with river levels. If you want to use it, search for recipe #68385
John Sensenbaugh December 24, 2012 at 07:44 PM
No, Michael, you cannot get your money back. The fifty cents you contributed on every $ 100 worth of goods you purchased in Napa County has gone to the common good of your fellow citizens. Presumably you benefited, if not directly, at least indirectly by the increased vibrancy of downtown as well as knowing that many of your fellow Napan merchants and residents have protection they didn't enjoy before. Doesn't that make your Republican heart feel a little better this Christmas?
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" December 24, 2012 at 08:41 PM
No sorry my house is on a hill.
Krusty December 25, 2012 at 04:04 AM
The flooding occurred in Yountville and was insignificant. Yountville wasn't part of the flood control project. It has worked in Napa. Feel free to ask anyone who has lived down there during prior floods. The widened river a higher bridges have given the water the space it needs to flow and remain below flood stage.

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