NWS: Tornado touches down near Yuba City

7:46 PM, Jun 1, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down five miles north-northeast of Yuba City around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Strong thunderstorms prompted the NWS to issue a tornado warning for Butte, Sutter and Yuba Counties until 6:45 p.m.

NWS's Kathy Hoxsie said the NWS will not be able to determine the damage caused by the tornado nor the EF classification until Thursday, after the storm has passed through the area.

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The NWS issued a tornado warning earlier in the day for north central Sacramento County and east central Yolo County until 4 p.m.

Around 3:12 p.m., a strong thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado, was detected just west of Power Balance Arena, moving to the northeast at 10 to 20 miles per hour. The storm might also produce large hail. The areas around the arena, Elverta and Rio Linda were hit by the storm around 3:30 p.m.

A strong thunderstorm spotted north of North Highlands moved towards Roseville around 4:30 p.m., dumping hail up to the size of pennies, heavy rain and dangerous lightning.

The calendar may read June 1, but winter weather made another appearance. A strong line of storms moved through parts of Solano and Yolo counties mid-morning, dropping small hail and heavy rain.

The unseasonably cold system will drop temperatures 15 to 30 degrees cooler-than-average to the valley.

Several inches of snow is likely in the higher elevations of the Sierra with snow levels down to 5000 feet.

Kathy Hoxsie from the NWS said the Sierra Foothills will most likely get "pounded with more snow" as the storm moves over the area. Hoxsie said there is still more moisture in the storm cells that will cause the snow fall.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect above 5000 feet for the west Slopes of the Sierra Nevada until midnight.


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