This is a developing situation and information may change. We’ll update this article as more information becomes available. The most recent information will be updated at the top of the article, with the earlier reports below.
1/12/24 6:02 p.m. — National Weather Service Eureka (NWS Eureka) has updated its flooding forecast for the Russian River at Hopland. The river is still expected to reach flood stage at 15 feet in the afternoon on Saturday, Jan. 13, however, now the flood is anticipated to reach 18 feet, which will result in the flooding of State Route 222 (Talmage Road) just east of State Route 101. Please plan accordingly and if you see flooding or flood warning signs “turn around, don’t drown.” You can monitor the flooding forecast for the Russian River here.
MENDOCINO Co., 1/12/23 – An atmospheric river is expected to bring heavy rain and flooding throughout Mendocino County on Saturday, Jan 13. The entire county can expect treacherous road conditions and possible flooding, resulting in a flood watch in place for much of the county.
We’ve put together an overview of what’s to still come, and included some additional resources at the end of the article. We also have a winter weather info guide we recommend you bookmark, and information about FEMA assistance, CalFresh replacements, and other storm aid on our website.
Rain will bring up to 3.5 inches of rain to the county on Saturday
According to the National Weather Service Eureka (NWS Eureka), coastal areas can expect between 1 and 2.25 inches of rain and inland areas between 1.25 and 3.5 inches of rain throughout Saturday, Jan. 12.
The entire county will see rain all day. Coastal areas can expect breezy conditions with wind gusts between 23 and 30 mph. Fort Bragg will see up to 2.25 inches of rain and Point Arena 2.5 inches. During the day, temperatures will be in the high 50s and in the evening, the high 40s.
Inland, Leggett can expect up to 4.5 inches of rain, followed by Laytonville and Willits with 3.5 inches of rain. These areas will see temperature highs between 51-52 degrees and lows between 38-42 degrees.
Anderson Valley, Ukiah and Hopland will see up to 2.5 inches of rain and highs in the mid-50s and lows between 39 and 41 degrees. Round Valley will see up to 2.25 inches of precipitation and a high of 51 degrees and low of 35 degrees.
The rain will let up by early Sunday morning, with the entire county expected to see partly sunny conditions and temperatures in the mid-50s.
Conditions may vary widely across North Coast microclimates, and on your travel routes, so we’ve included a list of useful resources below to keep you updated. You can check for the specific forecast for your neighborhood and on current road conditions as they develop.
Heavy rain brings threats of flooding
With heavy rain comes the threat of flooding and as a result, NWS Eureka has issued flood watches for most of the county.
The majority of the county, including the Mendocino Coast, Leggett, Ukiah, Laytonville, Willits and Anderson Valley, are under a flood watch from 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 through 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14. According to NWS Eureka, “creeks and streams may rise out of their banks. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas. Low-water crossings may be flooded,” and “those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.”
The Russian River in Hopland is forecast to reach flood stage by 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13. which may result in the closures of parts of State Route 175 near the junction of U.S. Highway 101 and parts of State Route 222 in Talmage. As a result, Hopland and Talmage are both under a flood watch from 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, through 6 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14.
NWS Eureka advises that drivers do not try to drive through floodwaters. All it takes is one foot of water to push a car off the road.
Information is changing rapidly, and we’ll keep you updated on current conditions throughout the next several days. Although local agencies are preparing for the storm, emergency resources are likely to be stretched thin — if you can avoid travel, please stay off the roads for everyone’s safety.
Finally, be sure to bookmark our winter weather information guide. There are additional resources included at the bottom of the article so you can check the exact conditions in your area. Stay safe out there!
Please note: this will change and depend on each specific weather event
- Hopland Band of Pomo Indians located at the corner of Hwy 101 and Hwy 175
- Friedman’s Home Improvement in Ukiah
- Redwood Valley Fire Station
- The Willits Justice Center located at 125 E Commercial Street in Willits
- Laytonville Fire Station
Mendocino Voice Winter weather resources:
- Our guide for winter weather emergency and preparedness info — we recommend you bookmark this
- Check your specific forecast at this link along with the National Weather Service advisories and warnings, as well as their Facebook page and their Twitter page
- Check the CalTrans QuickMap for current road closures or call 1-800-GAS-ROAD
- Check for current accidents at the CHP traffic update page
- Caltrans traffic cameras can be seen here, and here are the PG&E cameras
- You can also check out the Weather Underground to look for weather stations in your area
- Check the PG&E current outage map to find or report power outages
- NWS has flood stage predictions here; and you can find USGS current streamflow information here
- NWS is seeking snowfall reports, and you can submit them to this website.
- We recommend meteorologist Daniel Swain’s Weather West Blog as a good place to find more in-depth current weather analysis
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