California was bracing for more rainy weather on Saturday after rain began to lash the northern part of the state and the San Francisco Bay Area, the first of several storms coming in from the Pacific, raising the potential for flooding, runoff and earth displacement in saturated soils. Increases.
The National Weather Service warned of a “continuous parade of atmospheric rivers” over the coming week, bringing heavy rain and mountain snow. Atmospheric river storms are long columns of moisture that extend from the Pacific and are capable of dropping large amounts of rain and snow.
The wet season comes after several days of rain in California. A recent series of systems has left thousands without power, flooded rivers, inundated roads and killed at least six residents.
The first of the storms is due to arrive Monday, and the weather system has issued a flood watch for a large area of northern and central California, where 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) of rain are expected through Thursday. Sacramento Area.
In the Los Angeles area, light rain was predicted through the weekend and stormy conditions beginning Monday, with up to 8 inches (20 cm) of precipitation falling in the foothills. The National Weather Service said strong waves are expected through Tuesday.
Since December 26, San Francisco has received more than 10 inches (25 cm) of rain, while Mammoth Mountain, a popular ski area, has received nearly 10 feet (3 m) of snow, the weather service reported.
The storms won’t be enough to officially end California’s current drought, but they have helped.