More flooding rain to target California

The first storm is expected to target more of the Northwest, covering parts of Oregon and Washington as well as northern California with heavy rain and snow. California has experienced a heavy amount of rainstorms. WITH KINDNESS/ACCUWEATHER

AccuWeather meteorologists say more rain is forecast for California as more storms from the Pacific are expected to hit the western United States in the coming days.

Several large and powerful storms have battered California since New Year’s Eve, giving the state a disastrous start to 2023. The recent storm in California killed at least three people and crashed nearly 10 inches of rain in the southern parts of the state and about 2 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada.

Forecasters say the active pattern will continue across the western US with at least one more pair of storms likely to hit the region in the coming week. Those extra waves of moisture will tap into a lot atmospheric flowwhich entails additional flood risks.

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The first storm is expected to target more of the Northwest, covering parts of Oregon and Washington as well as northern California with heavy rain and snow. California has experienced a heavy amount of rainstorms. WITH KINDNESS/ACCUWEATHER

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“While the moisture wave targets Oregon, parts of central and southern California will get a break from the heavy rains,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Joseph Bauer.

Rain begins to hit the coast on Wednesday and will continue through Friday. Widespread rainfall of 1-3 inches is expected from southwest British Columbia through western Washington, Oregon and northern California. Several inches of rain are expected in southwestern Oregon and northern California, and some areas could receive more than 6 inches of additional precipitation.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said 12 people had been killed in the past 10 days as a result of the severe weather.

More than 120,000 homes in California were without power as of early Monday, according to data from PowerOutage.us.

Last week’s storms disrupted road traffic with flash flooding, falling rocks and downed trees.

The storm parade has opened sinkholes that could swallow cars, created numerous landslides, turned roads into waterways, downed countless trees, buried mountain villages in snow and left more than 130,000 homes and businesses without power.

“We expect these storms to continue through at least the 18th of this month,” Newsom said said. “The magnitude of this is not isolated to smaller communities. It spans the largest state in our Union.”

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cities such as EurekaCalifornia and Medford, Oregon is expected to get heavy rains through Friday. Some areas further south, such as san francisco and Sacramento, California, will receive some rain from this storm, but both metro areas are expected to get at least a day’s respite Thursday. WITH KINDNESS/ACCUWEATHER

“The active pattern [is] great news in the mountain ranges in terms of building up a snow cover for later use; However, the heavy rain, gusty winds and snow will all have an impact on California,” Bauer warned.

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The relentless rains will renew risks of flooding and landslides, which could bring additional road closures. Precipitation is expected as snow at the higher elevations, including the Sierra Nevada and Cascades. However, the fluctuations in rain and snow could also increase the risk of avalanches.

The second storm will move into the west coast in time for the weekend and could hit the rest of California harder.

“More precipitation is expected to return to most of California on Saturday,” Bauer said of the second storm.

The storm is expected to bring more flooding risks to the region, as well as another round of gusty winds. This combination could add further damage to a beleaguered state already plagued by numerous mudslides and floods, after the amazing rainfall already recorded in the state.

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More showers are expected in California over the weekend. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency due to flooding. WITH KINDNESS/ACCUWEATHER

“Tree damage and power outages could be more extensive the wetter the ground already is,” Bauer said.

Until January 9 in the city center los Angeles has received 3.97 inches of rain, which is 121 percent of normal for the city throughout the month. San Francisco has reported 4.01 inches of rain during the same time, which is 91 percent of normal for the month of January and almost triple the normal rainfall for the first nine days of the month.

Air travelers are likely to face another round of delays and potential cancellations at major hubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Even airports not directly affected by this storm may face flight congestion as crews and planes are relocated.

The weekend’s storm is likely to move fairly quickly, with drier conditions expected through Sunday. However, rain and snow showers are forecast to extend to parts of Nevada, Utah and Arizona through the second half of the weekend.

More rounds of rain could be on the cards for California through mid-month La Nina The pattern continues to weaken, which would favor less intense storms overall and a general trend towards a northerly storm track along the west coast. Still, some bouts of precipitation could sweep into the Golden State.

Produced in collaboration with AccuWeather.

The Western Journal did not review this story prior to publication. As such, it may not meet our normal editorial standards. It is provided as a service to our readers by The Western Journal.

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