Powerful Storms Set to Barrel Through California
- 2019-01-15 18:50
Two more storms are heading west, bringing heavy rain and snow.
The next storm in line today crashes into the California Shoreline, with another blow to the region later on Wednesday on Thursday. These storms will bring from 3 to 5 and locally 7 inches of additional rainfall from far southeastern Oregon to the south along the California coast, including San Francisco and even parts of the Los Angeles basin, where daily trips will be disturbed.
Significant travel delays and road closures are possible due to flooding in these areas. Mudslides and debris flows are possible near recent burn areas, and rock slides are possible in non-burn areas.
Flood Watches are already in effect for southern coastal California, including Los Angeles. Flood Watches are also in effect for the northern Sacramento Valley, from Stockton and Sacramento northward to Red Bluff and Redding.
Across the higher elevations, heavy snow will plaster the Sierra and parts of the Klamath Mountains including the Lake Tahoe and Mt. Shasta regions, where Winter Storm Watches and Advisories are already in effect. By Friday morning, 2 to 4 feet of snow are likely in these areas, and wind gusts as high as 75 mph at the highest peaks will dramatically reduce visibility. A Blizzard Warning is in effect for the Sierra Nevada Mountains at elevations above 5,000 feet. In addition, Winter Storm Warnings have been added to the mix along southern California including Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Running Springs, Wrightwood and Idyllwild-Pine Cove where at least a foot of snow will pile up above 6,500 feet.
Speaking of winds, strong gusts are possible ahead of the second storm Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night for central and northern California. High Wind Watches are in effect for the San Francisco Bay Area and into the Sacramento Valley. Wind gusts up to 50-60 mph are possible.
The parade of storms will end in California on Friday morning, with high pressure building in for the weekend.