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Pacific Storm to Bring Heavy Snow, Rain & Wind to the West

13 Dec 2016, 10:05 am

A strong storm system is gathering strength in the Pacific Ocean and will move ashore along the West Coast later today into tomorrow. It will bring significant rain and snow to the western states this week. Winter Storm Watches and Winter Weather Advisories have already been issued in several areas ahead of the storm.

Snowfall accumulations will be well over a foot in the Cascades, Sierra, Wasatch, Tetons and Rockies. Rainfall totals in Northern California may reach 3 to 9 inches, which could produce significant flooding. This same area received 3 to 8 inches of rain last week.

The wind will be increasing as well, especially as the storm moves into the coast through Thursday. Gusts to 60 mph are possible. A burst of rain and snow will push ashore Wednesday.

By Thursday, the first piece of moisture from the storm will be pushing through the mountains. The second wave of energy will be digging into Southern California, bringing in more rain and snow. With a fast moving Jet Stream, the storm system will start to swing through the West into the Plains by Friday.

Stay tuned to WeatherNation for updates on the upcoming storm.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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