A strong storm system that soaked parts of California resulted in at least two fatalities, power outages, hazardous mudslides, and rivers of debris that cut through residential areas. The rain isn’t stopping just yet, and in some places there’s even a lot of snow.
According to the National Weather Service, there will be more heavy rain and “life threatening flash flooding” in southern California on Tuesday. An additional 1 to 3 inches of rain are predicted from Los Angeles to San Diego. Nearly a foot of rain has already fallen in certain parts of Los Angeles County. As the storm system moves eastward on Tuesday, the rain and flash flooding dangers will spread into western Arizona, southern Nevada, and southwestern Utah.
Additionally, the storm system produced a lot of snow, burying portions of the mountain ranges in southern California and the Sierra Nevada. According to the weather service, higher elevations in the southern Sierra Nevada and into the central Nevada hills will continue to make mobility “near impossible” due to the snow and powerful winds. According to the service, the heavy snow will move farther north this week, reaching higher elevation areas in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Following collisions with fallen trees, at least two persons have perished in the extreme weather. According to the Yuba City Police Department in northern California, a man died on Sunday in his own yard after a tree fell on him while he was on a ladder. A 45-year-old man died on Sunday in Santa Cruz County’s south after a tree fell on his house and trapped him inside, according to Ashley Keehn, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
According to poweroutage.us, over 200,000 people in California were without power as of late on Monday night. This was especially the case in the state’s northern regions, where strong winds over the weekend brought down power lines and trees.
During the storm, more than 120 mudslides were reported by Los Angeles authorities. Even though Tuesday’s rainy weather may have passed its peak, there is still a chance of further flooding and mudslides, and the roads are still covered in fallen trees and other debris. Authorities in Southern California have advised people to use extreme caution while going outside.
Over the past three days, heavy rain has pounded communities throughout California. Although the rain will drastically slow down, several additional inches of rain are predicted for Southern California on Tuesday—a worrisome forecast for an already wet region.
Southern California Has Seen Huge Storm
According to meteorologist Robert Shackelford, “much of Southern California has seen totals of rainfall exceeding a foot of rainfall from this huge storm.” “Flash water damage, mud and rock slides, excessive drainage, and urban flooding result from the soil’s inability to absorb the heavy rainfall that is continuing to fall over much of the same regions.”
The most intense rains on Tuesday are expected to fall on San Diego, where flash floods may occur in the early morning hours, following Monday’s deluge in the Los Angeles region.
As the storm system travels east and deeper inland on Tuesday, the Weather Prediction Center issued a level 2 of 4 modest risk for excessive rainfall for Southern California and the Desert Southwest, which includes Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix.
Approximately 30 million people in California and a small portion of Arizona and Nevada were still under flood watch as of early Tuesday.
Parts of the Sierra Nevada and mountain ranges in Southern California are still under winter weather advisories through Tuesday afternoon. The Sierras have already received over two feet of snow this week, and by Tuesday, more than one foot of snow may fall. Through Tuesday, the highest points of the San Gabriel, Ventura County, and San Bernardino mountains in Southern California could receive the most snowfall; cumulative snowfall there could surpass one foot.
In the Rocky Mountains and certain areas of Arizona and Nevada, where snowfall of up to three feet is possible, winter weather alerts have also been issued.