A series of three storms is slated to begin striking the already-drenched Southern California with rain and snow starting Wednesday January 18th and ending on Monday January 23rd.
Between 5 to 9 inches of rain are expected from all three storms combined.
After California has seen a series of showers over the past couple of weeks, another series of three storms is expected to hit Southern California with even more rain and snow.
Forecasting of the Three Storms
According to forecasters today, showers are expected from Wednesday through to Monday, and a total of 5 to 9 inches of rain are expected from all storms.
According to an NWS statement, the first storm is expected to move into the area on Wednesday night through to Thursday.
This storm will bring in moderate rain and mountain snow. Between half an inch and an inch of rain is expected on coastal regions and valleys, whereas in mountainous areas, this could go up to 3 inches, according to the meteorologist Curt Kaplan.
Snow is expected to be between 4 to 8 inches in areas elevated above 5,000 feet.
The second storm on Friday is expected to be stronger, bringing 3 inches of moderate to heavy rain.
Snow will be expected between 4,000 and 5,000 feet above elevation in the beginning and then will drop down to 3,500 feet.
According to the NWS, this would affect the Interstate 5 corridor near the Grapevine and the Tejon Pass.
The third storm is expected from Sunday through to Monday, and is expected to be the strongest of the three upcoming storms.
It will bring 1.5 inches and 3 inches of rain in the coastal areas and valleys and up to 5 inches in the mountainous areas. Damaging winds are also expected, with gusts of wind up to 55 miles per hour.
NWS has warned that there will be a “risk of flash flooding and debris flows in recent burn areas as well as urban and small stream flooding.”
“There will also a significant risk of mud and rock slides, especially near canyon roadways.
Slick roads are likely, with a risk of hydroplaning in heavy rain, with ice and snow on mountain roads.
Finally, due to strong winds and saturated soils, there will be an increased risk of downed trees,” it said.
“Those planning to visit the coast during this time should use caution on area beaches — stay well back from the water, stay off of jetties and rocks, and never turn your back on the ocean,” warned the statement.
“Much larger waves may wash onshore without warning. West-facing harbor entrances may see breaking waves due to the very large swell. Mariners without proper experience should consider remaining in port during this time.”