Much Needed Rain for California
As a potent storm system approaches the coast of California, wet weather will spread across the state. Rain and snow fall totals will be impressive as this will be one the strongest storms to impact the region since 2010. The moisture is much need but when it is presented all at once, problems arise. Flooding, flashing flooding, mudslides, heavy snow, slick roadways, and thunderstorms are just some of the concerns for the region throughout the next few days.
Here is the setup as the low approaches the coast:
All this rain will be a soggy forecast for the Oscars as well.
Picture From: http://www.thewrap.com/rain-oscar-sunday-slight-chance-soggy-weekend-will-spill-onto-red-carpet/
Projected rainfall throughout the next 5 days shown in the map below. Widespread totals of 2-3 inches near the coasts of Southern California with localized areas picking up 6 to 8 inches.
Some of these storms could be capable of producing severe weather including isolated tornadoes, hail, and high wind gusts as outlined in the yellow shaded area.
From the National Weather Service in Los Angeles: “A strong storm system moving into the region will bring heavy rain, gusty wind, possible thunderstorms and waterspouts, and high elevation snow through late Saturday. Up to two inches of rain fell in many areas through daybreak this morning and storm totals of 2-4 inches across the coasts and valleys to 4-8 inches in the foothills and mountains are expected. Locally higher amounts up to 10 inches will be possible in favored upslope areas. Additionally, there will be the chance of thunderstorms which could produce brief and intense rainfall, gusty winds, small hail and even the possibility of weak tornadoes. Snow levels will start out rather high but will drop to around 5500 feet tonight and Saturday morning. Total snowfall of up to a foot down to 5500 feet and one to three feet is possible above 7000 feet and strong southerly winds will produce winter storm conditions in the local mountains. Communities in and around recent wildfires, especially the Colby, Madison, Powerhouse, Madre, and Springs burn areas, will need to be alert for heavy and intense rainfall which could produce flash flooding with mud and debris flows.”
Happy Friday – Check out the forecast for the rest of country.
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Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek