SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — As California braces for more rain and snow Monday, a falling tree apparently killed a boy reported missing last week during storms, police said.
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Dejon Smith, 14, a freshman at South Tahoe High School, was reported missing Thursday night and someone discovered the teen’s body in a wooded area Saturday afternoon, South Lake Tahoe Police said Sunday.
A 50-foot tall tree that fell during a severe windstorm that struck the area hit him about a half mile from where he was last seen.
The Sierra Nevada received a few inches of new snow Sunday night and Monday morning at elevation above about 5,000 feet, a height that includes most ski resorts, and it is continuing, said Eric Kurth, a meteorologist in the weather service’s Sacramento office.
Monday’s storm dropped an inch to 2 inches of rain through the morning in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento areas, said forecaster Bob Benjamin of the National Weather Service’s Monterey, Calif., Office.
“The main event is going to be in the early morning hours,” Benjamin said earlier.
A landslide closed both directions of a highway in Fremont, about 25 miles southeast of Oakland. Other areas experienced minor road flooding, scattered power outages and airport delays.
Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California will see less rain from this system, he said.
Another front will move Wednesday into the Bay Area and also give Southern California some rain, Benjamin said.
The two fronts won’t be nearly as powerful of the storm that dumped as much as 8 inches of rain in parts of Northern California last week and up to 6 feet of snow in the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada, the National Weather Service said. Thursday will be dry in Southern California, then showers will return Friday and Saturday.
Beneficial snowfall accumulations are expected to pile up along the Sierra Nevada this week, the weather service said.
More storms are needed to pull the state of its severe drought, but Kurth said the latest storm helped to push the Sierra Nevada snow pack to nearly 6 feet. It was less than 2 feet deep this time last year, Kurth said.
As of Monday, the Sierra snowpack was at 36% to 56% of normal for this time of year and 9% to 12% of the average at the end of the season April 1, according to the California Department of Water Resources. The mountain snowpack acts like another reservoir for both California and Nevada, providing water during the spring and summer when it melts.
Contributing: The Associated Press.