AP PHOTOS: Eerie, icy-looking: Vineyard flooding catches eye

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  • Vineyards remain flooded in the Russian River Valley, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Forestville, Calif. A massive storm system stretching from California into Nevada lifted rivers climbing out of their banks, flooded vineyards and forced people to evacuate after warnings that hillsides parched by wildfires could give way to mudslides. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    A vineyard is flooded in the Russian River Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Windsor, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    A vineyard is flooded in the Russian River Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Windsor, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    A vineyard at Korbel Champagne Cellars is flooded Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Guerneville, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    Johna Peterson, of Monte Rio, Calif., looks out from a bridge at the rising Russian River during a walk Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Monte Rio, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    A duck makes its way as Russian River floods Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Monte Rio, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under an evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    A car is submerged as the Russian River floods Johnson's Beach, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Guerneville, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    A man stops to take a picture of the Russian River as it floods Johnson's Beach Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Guerneville, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    The Russian River floods the River Bend RV park Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Forestville, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

  • Vineyards remain flooded in the Russian River Valley, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Forestville, Calif. A massive storm system stretching from California into Nevada lifted rivers climbing out of their banks, flooded vineyards and forced people to evacuate after warnings that hillsides parched by wildfires could give way to mudslides. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    A vineyard is flooded in the Russian River Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Windsor, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    A vineyard is flooded in the Russian River Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Windsor, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    A vineyard at Korbel Champagne Cellars is flooded Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Guerneville, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    Johna Peterson, of Monte Rio, Calif., looks out from a bridge at the rising Russian River during a walk Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Monte Rio, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    A duck makes its way as Russian River floods Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Monte Rio, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under an evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    A car is submerged as the Russian River floods Johnson's Beach, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Guerneville, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    A man stops to take a picture of the Russian River as it floods Johnson's Beach Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Guerneville, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    The Russian River floods the River Bend RV park Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Forestville, Calif. The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

FORESTVILLE, Calif. (AP) One of the most scenic routes through Sonoma County wine country is a familiar drive, both for fun and for work. But after one of the biggest storms in a decade, the landscape transformed, with floodwaters submerging vineyards and fog hanging an eerie shroud across the Northern California sky.

River Road, from the city of Santa Rosa toward Guerneville, passes farms, rolling hills and a number of vineyards. Driving it Monday, the change of the weather between storms caught my eye.

Nearing the town of Forestville, I pulled off the road after spotting a number of vineyards underwater. I'd seen this spot before, but the view was new for the sheer number of grape vines consumed by floodwaters and a fog that started to lift in the background.

The photos were striking, appearing almost black and white and even snowy or icy, with just the tips of the vines poking above floodwaters and the reflection of a large, spiny tree.

Several miles away near the town of Windsor, more vineyards were flooded Tuesday, and ones that were partially underwater a day earlier were totally submerged.

Wine lovers want to know if the grapes will be ruined. Luckily, at this time of year, no grapes are growing and the vineyard is dormant. That means this famous region should still produce fine wine.

Parts of wine country have received up to 13 inches of rain since Friday, overwhelming the Russian River. The problems aren't over, with authorities expecting the waterway to rise 6 feet above flood stage by Wednesday.

       

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