Rain causes light flooding in Madera County



Rain caused some light flooding in Madera County Thursday night.

The rain can be especially dangerous on roads like Highway 41 that don’t have street lights.

That means the only light in the area is coming from headlights, which reflect up from water gathering on the ground, and can be blinding.

Yellow and white traffic lines disappeared beneath puddles building up on roads Thursday.

Leaves piling up near storm drains forced water to pool by curbs, flooding certain roads.

FOX26 News Viewer Jerry at Grant Grove in Kings Canyon sent a video of snow coating everything in sight near his house.

He said the snow stung his face as the wind picked up there.

Fresh snow also fell in Fresno County Thursday.

FOX26 News Viewer Patty Anderson emailed a picture from Dinkey Creek (about 25 minutes East of Shaver Lake) of her home looking like a winter wonderland.

Anderson says she took that photo around 4:30 PM Thursday, but snow and rain kept falling in the Valley long after that.

The area around Oakhurst and Coarsegold saw a little over an inch of rain between 6 AM and 10 PM Thursday.

At China Peak, officials are watching the weather very closely, hoping to get enough snow to open Saturday December 1st.

Representatives for the ski resort say they got anywhere between 8 and 14 inches of snow between Wednesday and Thursday nights, and saw reports of two feet of snow at the top of the mountain.

On the other side of the Sierra, folks at Mammoth Mountain are enjoying a new layer of snow.

Officials with the resort say the latest storm brought 38 inches of new snow at the Summit, with another 5-6 feet on the way.

Officials with Mammoth expect a small break in the snow Friday, before it picks back up again Saturday.

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