Winter Storm Nadia: Snow Shuts Down Redding, California; More Than 100K Without Power

Ron Brackett and Pam Wright
Published: February 14, 2019

Winter Storm Nadia continued to slam the Pacific Northwest and Northern California with heavy snow and rain Wednesday, causing multiple crashes and road closures, leaving tens of thousands without power.

The California city of Redding, which sees snow about once every other year, received more than a foot of new snow from Nadia, effectively shutting down the city of nearly 100,000. Roads were impassable and much of the city's homes and businesses lost power as inches of heavy snow weighed down power lines.

"We've been here since 2002 and we've had snow maybe four times, but nothing like this," local resident Chris Belcastro told SF Gate. "Branches as big as four inches around just snapped off. It's just a really heavy snow."

The Washington town of North Bend, home to nearly 7,000, also declared a state of emergency because of several feet of snow.

This photo provided by Patrick Fowler shows seven to eight inches of snow that fell in his backyard Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Redding, California.
(Patrick Fowler via AP)

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All across Shasta County, authorities urged everyone to stay off the roads and a state of emergency was declared, according to the Associated Press. Carson Pass on State Route 88 remained closed Thursday because of excessive snow.

In Washington, Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass reopened Thursday morning, while heavy snow along Interstate 5 in far Northern California caused numerous closures and forced tire-chain requirements.

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On Tuesday, troopers and first responders escorted some 250 vehicles that became stranded on the summit of Snoqualmie Pass during its closure, KOMO News reported.

Rex Eddings told the news station he was on his way home from a ski trip when he became stranded at the summit. He says he spent 24 hours in his vehicle surrounded by about 4 feet of snow, surviving on muffins and water.

"You gotta deal with it, never give up," Eddings told KOMO. "Just keep moving. Better than freezing to death just get out and start shoveling."

Some tractor-trailers remain trapped at the summit until the snow is cleared. Troopers say they will decide if the pass can be reopened on Thursday.

The heavy snow and high winds caused numerous power outages. Up and down the West Coast, more than 100,000 homes and businesses were in the dark because of Nadia, according to

The driver of a tractor-trailer that got stuck in deep, melting snow in a residential neighborhood in Seattle tries to dig it out with a shovel borrowed from a resident of the street on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Seattle. After several minutes of work, he was able to move it forward and continued on.
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Two people were injured Tuesday when heavy, wet snow caused a roof to collapse on an outbuilding at a nursing home in Shoreline, Washington, KOMO-TV reported.

Up to 750,000 gallons of wastewater were released Tuesday into Lake Washington after an apparent equipment malfunction during the storm at a King County pump station in Bellevue, the AP reported.

By Tuesday afternoon, Washington County, Oregon, had more than 40 reports of road and lane closures because of flooding.

A landslide closed a lane on N.W. Cornelius Pass Road in Multnomah County between U.S. 30 and Skyline. N.W. Rocky Point Road was closed between U.S. 30 and Skyline when a large crack formed in the saturated road.

On Monday, a tanker truck spilled 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel on I-84 at Cascade Locks and Hood River in Oregon, reported. The driver was going too fast for the snowy conditions on the roadway, Oregon State Police said. Transportation officials said the interstate will be closed one lane at a time on Wednesday to allow crews to make repairs to the roadway.

Lieutenant Cari Boyd told the AP that some fuel spilled into a pond next to the Columbia River. A contractor has been hired to clean up the spill. The interstate was closed for about an hour.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee expanded a state of emergency Monday that he had originally declared on Friday ahead of Winter Storm Maya.

In California, CalTrans said Highway 89 around Emerald Bay will be closed for several days because of unstable snow, while a section of I-5 was closed Wednesday north of Redding because of heavy snow.

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