Snow fell overnight in downtown Redding at elevation 495 feet, with a weather spotter reporting 10 inches of accumulation overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
“We’ve been here since 2002 and we’ve had snow maybe four times, but nothing like this,” Enterprise High School teacher Chris Belcastro told SFGATE. “Branches as big as four inches around just snapped off. It’s just a really heavy snow.”
Redding Mayor Julie Winter told KCBS Radio it’s unusual for snow to fall in town.
A twitter user shared, “Redding can’t handle snow! Whole town is shut down.”
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Most of the city lost power due to fallen lines from high winds and wet, heavy snow overnight. As of 10 a.m. Redding Electric Utility reported power had been restored to many households and just over 16,000 were still without power.
Redding.com shared a photo on Twitter of the town’s famed Sundial Bridge dusted in fresh powder. The pedestrian bridge is closed due to the snowfall.
The northern stretch of California’s I-5 was covered in snow overnight and snow plows are working hard to clear the highway.
Chain control was in effect Wednesday morning along a 90-mile section that starts 19 miles south of Dunsmuir and continues 24 miles north of Redding.
As of 8:30 a.m. the highway was completely closed 10 miles north of Redding at Fawndale due to cars stuck in the snow, according to Caltrans.
While an atmospheric river slamming California delivered warm air to the Bay Area and pushed snow levels up to 8,500, the air is staying cooler in the Northern part of the state where snow is falling at elevations as low as 1,000 feet to 500 feet.