A new train of storms has arrived along the Pacific coast, and a potent one is set to hit California hard with heavy rain, mountain snow and strong winds to end this week.
The first storm will focused on areas from Northern California to Washington during Wednesday and Thursday.
The second storm in the series will focus most of its moisture on Central and Southern California from Thursday night to Saturday.
“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,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jim Andrews.
The storm will bring enough rain and excess runoff to cause flash flooding, which can cause major delays for motorists. Along with the heavy rain will be the potential for mudslides in some neighborhoods, especially in recent burn scar locations.
“We expect 3 to 6 inches of rain to fall in the lowlands along the coast and over the Los Angeles basin,” according to 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.”
In the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California areas, much of this rain may fall in 24 hours from early Friday morning through Friday night. In San Diego, the heaviest rain will fall Friday evening into Saturday morning.