Weather officials warn Californians to be wary of fast, cold rivers this weekend as the snowbound Sierra Nevada finally begins to melt in earnest.
The snowmelt peak is coming about three weeks later than normal due to unusually cool weather this spring, said Rob Hartman, hydrologist in charge of the California-Nevada River Forecast Center at the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
The snowpack is also unusually large due to numerous late-winter storms: 215 percent of normal statewide as of June 1, according to state Department of Water Resources data.
On top of all that, yet another storm is expected to hit Northern California mountains late Friday. This warm storm could drop as much as 2 inches of rain on the mountains draining into Shasta Lake, which is already full.
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