‘Worst Case’ for California as Winter Storm Warning issued for the state
“The worst case scenario is that the snowmelt will cause an accumulation that could lead to a storm that would make it very difficult for the State to handle.”—State Department of Transportation Director Bill Lamberth, April 8, 2018 California Governor Jerry Brown (D) has extended the state’s winter storm warning until Thursday, saying the snow could be heavier and that it would be very difficult to deal with if the snow does not come in quickly.
“This snow will be very heavy, it will be heavy, and it will take a very long time to melt,” Brown told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday.
“And if it’s not brought to us quickly, I think we could see a very significant storm with a lot of damage.”
“We are taking the winter storm threat very seriously, and we have been working closely with the state and with the National Weather Service to assess this,” he added.
Brown said the snow will fall between Tuesday and Thursday and it is likely to be heavier than the snow seen this past weekend.
“We expect to have more snow in the mountains,” Brown said.
Brown told reporters he has been working to develop contingency plans in case snowfall comes.
California has a snowfall advisory in place for the first time in a decade and was on track to receive another snowfall warning for the week of March 21, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
In a statement released Tuesday, Brown said he and state officials have been discussing the advisories with federal and state agencies, but “this has been a very difficult decision for me to make.”
“The last thing I want to do is send out a message that this is going to be a dangerous situation and I’m not going to allow that to happen,” Brown added.
“If the snow continues to come and snowmills and power lines break, then we will see a significant loss of life in California.”
Brown said he was hopeful the snowstorm would lead to more severe flooding in the state.
“The longer it goes, the more devastating the impact will be,” Brown continued.
“We’re going to see a huge number of people without power, no food, and they will be stranded in their homes, unable to go to work.”
The snowstorm is expected to cause widespread travel disruption for the next week and could cause travel to be canceled or delayed, according the National Transportation Safety Board.
California Governor, Jerry Brown, speaks to the media about the possibility of a storm in the Bay Area, March 16, 2018.
Jerry Brown said on Tuesday he has extended California’s winter weather advisory until Thursday and warned that the state could be hit with an additional storm in case the snow doesn’t come in soon.
Brown warned that if the winter weather does not arrive quickly, California could see an additional snowstorm.
“We’re taking the Winter Storm Threat very seriously and we are working closely the National Climate Center to assess the snow and ice conditions that we’re in,” Brown stated.
“As we go through this storm, we are expecting a lot more snow.
It could be a lot heavier and it could take a long time.
We want to make sure that we get this right.”
California Gov Jerry Brown speaks to reporters about the likelihood of a snowstorm in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Brown is urging the public to stay off the roads and avoid travel during the snowstorms.
“The snow is a dangerous thing,” Brown noted.
“It could be very dangerous and the roads are not going anywhere, they are going to have a hard time getting repaired.
If you don’t have to drive, you’re not going out.”
Brown added that he wants people to be aware of the potential impacts to roads and bridges.
“In order to avoid damage to our roads, we need to be very careful,” Brown warned.
“When there is a snow storm, the water and snow will go over bridges, and if you go out to the street, if you don´t have to walk, you won’t have a problem.”
When there’s a snow and we don’t get it, we won’t get a snow emergency,” he continued.
Brown said California is still prepared to handle a storm with more snow, including the possibility that it could lead directly to a severe snowstorm with massive damage.