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Flooding and Heavy Snow Concerns in the West

10 Feb 2017, 9:58 am

Heavy rain and melting snow from warmer temperatures has been contributing to flooding issues across the West. Roads have been closed in some areas due to mudslides and standing water. Flood alerts remain in effect from the Canadian Border southward to north of Los Angeles.

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Where the air is still cold in higher elevations, snow continues to fly and remains heavy. Winter Storm Warnings continue for the Sierra Nevada and Tetons, with Winter Weather Advisories in the Cascades, Rockies, and Wasatch.

A break from the moisture will occur this weekend as Jet Stream energy starts to diminish, but significant snow and rain will still fall before the system departs the region. 1 to 2 feet of snow are possible in the mountains, with 1″ to 3″ of rain in lower elevations and near the coast. Strong winds are possible in the mountain passes and peaks with gusts above 50 mph.

A series of cold fronts will drive to the south and east tonight into Saturday morning. Snow and rain will move through the Tetons, Rockies and Wasatch.

High pressure will push into the Northwest Saturday night into Sunday. Dry weather will move through the Pacific Northwest into California. Some lingering area of rain and snow will push through the Four Corners area.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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