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Heavy Tahoe Snow Pops Parked Jet’s Nose in Air



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TRUCKEE — The Latest on California storms (all times local):

10:30 a.m. — Wet Snow Caused a Rear-Engine Jet to Do a Tail Stand

An accumulation of heavy, wet snow caused a rear-engine jet parked at a Lake Tahoe-area airport to do a tail stand before mechanics returned it to its parked position.
Truckee Tahoe Airport official Marc Lamb took photos that were widely shared on social media sites. He tells The Associated Press that most of the 20 inches of dense snow that caused the Wednesday morning spectacle melted by Thursday.
No one was injured and the Cessna Citation X aircraft was not damaged by the heavy snow that locals dub “Sierra cement.”
Lamb says other aircraft were moved before the storm, but the Cessna parked outside for maintenance was too large for hangars at the airport northwest of Lake Tahoe about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east of San Francisco.
The National Weather Service has posted another winter storm warning in the area until Friday afternoon.

7 a.m. — Flash Flood Warnings Are Posted in Many Areas 

Wide areas of California are on alert for treacherous conditions as the latest in series of Pacific storms dumps rain and snow.
Flash flood warnings are posted in many areas statewide Thursday morning and some neighborhoods near wildfire burn scars are under evacuation orders.
The Santa Barbara County community of Montecito that was devastated by a deadly debris flow a year ago has received 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters) of rain in 24 hours, but so far has avoided a repeat of the disaster.
In the Sierra Nevada foothills, a flash flood watch is in effect for the area burned by the wildfire that obliterated the town of Paradise in November. The higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada has seen blizzard conditions.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports three people, including a 1-year-old girl, were killed Tuesday when a car went out of control in heavy rain in El Dorado County and crashed into another car. Two other storm-related deaths were reported earlier in Northern California.

11:20 p.m. — Storm Is Expected to Douse an Already-Soaked California

The last Pacific storm in a weeklong series is expected to douse an already-soaked California and forecasters say the state is still at risk for dangerous mudslides in burn areas and blizzards in the high Sierras.
Southern California hillsides scarred by last year’s massive wildfires have held up through days of rain but a final downpour is predicted Thursday.
Meanwhile, Northern California was hard-hit Wednesday. Authorities say a homeless man in Oakland died when a tree branch fell on him, possibly as he sought shelter from the rain.
Tens of thousands of Pacific Gas & Electric customers were left without power as the weather downed electrical lines.
Forecasters say the state should begin drying out Friday.