California Rain Returns with Threat of Flooding and Travel Issues
CALIFORNIA - After a peaceful few days with sunnier skies, California is steeling itself for what weather reporters are pinning as a powerful set of storm systems. With the incoming systems, comes new opportunity for heavy rain, flooding, and travel delays.
"The late-week storm has the potential to be the biggest of the winter in terms of rainfall and impact to much of Southern California," stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Jim Andrews.
Northern California will be privy to the return of wet weather today, from the first of the storms. Southern California is expected to experience its own precipitation late Thursday and through to Saturday from the second. The Los Angeles area could potentially see 24 hours of rainfall on Friday, with heavy rainfall closer to San Diego occurring on Saturday.
"We expect 3 to 6 inches of rain to fall in the lowlands along the coast and over the Los Angeles basin," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark. "From 6 to 12 inches of rain is likely below snow levels in the mountains, especially along the south-facing slopes."
With this storm system comes a low cloud ceiling and gusty winds, which could impact airline travel. Rain and excess runoff are making for possible flash flooding conditions, which could also delay road travel.
The National Weather Service's Tom Dang stated that Northern California will be hit again on Monday by the third storm, which could bring the most rain of the three to the region although officials aren't quite certain of its prospective impact.
"There a potential for several inches," Dang said according to Fox News. "It will be very wet."
As California continues its wettest winter in recent years, AndNowUKnow will have the latest on travel issues, the state of the Oroville Dam, and crop updates for the region.