Incoming: Heavy Rain & Snow Headed to Drought Ridden California
As we approach the dry season areas of California remain with exceptional drought conditions from a dry spell that has been ongoing for years. However, looking into the weekend the weather pattern is setting up to bring numerous moisture rich, powerful storms on shore for the western U.S. Much needed rain is forecast to dump over the region over the next 4 days.
Well, you know what they say about too much of a good thing…
Significant rainfall in a short amount of time will leave the area (especially burn scars) susceptible for flooding, mudslides, and rockslides. Up to 3 ft. of snow is expected to fall in the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada’s with snow eventually making it to valley floors. Add in winds gusting up to 40 mph at times and this situation may be dangerous in spots. Winds will always cause high surf up to 18′ with strong rip currents along the coast of southern California. So if you find some sunshine this weekend the beach will still be a dangerous pastime.
This series of low pressure centers don’t stop with the Western U.S. They will continue to track east and eventually be able to tap into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and be the culprit for future severe weather. That is a whole different beast we will leave for this weekend.