Final in a Series of Storms to Pound California Through Thursday

Chris Dolce
Published: January 17, 2019

More soaking rain and feet of snow will hit California into Thursday as the final in a series of storms moves across the state.

The last storm in this barrage, which began last Friday, moved into California on Wednesday with soaking rain, heavy Sierra snow and strong winds.

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On Thursday, more rain is expected in the lower elevations of California as snow continues to pile up in the Sierra Nevada. Dry weather conditions will return to much of California Friday through Saturday.


Current Radar

The heavy snow snarled travel on the Interstate 80 corridor through the Sierra on Wednesday afternoon. Donner Pass was closed for a short time on Wednesday as a tractor trailer slid on the snow.

Interstate 80 through the Sierra was closed to tractor trailer traffic due to poor traction as of late Wednesday, according to California Highway Patrol.

As of Thursday morning, about 97,000 customers had lost power from strong winds in parts of Northern and Central California, according to poweroutage.us.

Localized flooding and mudslides have also been reported in parts of the state.

Forecast Impacts Through Thursday

  • Snow and snow: Precipitation will taper off Thursday evening.
  • Flooding: Localized flash flooding is possible, particularly in urban and poor drainage locations and near recent burn areas. Some debris flows and mudslides are probable where brief heavier rain rates persist, especially in the burn areas of California.
  • High Surf: The storm will also create dangerous surf and rip currents along the California coast. Stay away from the water when high surf advisories or warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service.

Rain and Snow Forecast

California Stormy Pattern Recap

This string of stormy weather kicked off last Friday into Saturday, when an initial weather system made its way into the state. The rain from that storm triggered a mudslide on the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, California, early Saturday, forcing it to close for a time.

The second storm in this parade brought rain and mountain snow to the state Monday into early Tuesday, particularly in Southern California. Interstate 5 at Grapevine, California, was shut down in both directions as snowy conditions made for dangerous travel in the area Monday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol announced.

The third storm pushed ashore Tuesday with more rain and mountain snow, which resulted in multiple spinouts on Interstate 80 over Donner Pass, where the highway was briefly shut down Tuesday afternoon.


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