Several powerful storms are predicted to hit the Western Coast of the US this weekend, and meteorologists warn that the systems may present a risk to lives and property in Northern California. The storm front is not expected to break until the beginning of next week, and it has the potential to cause flooding and mudslides in some areas.
The heaviest rainfall will hit Northern California, but will also bring a period of clouds and showers over Southern California, especially to the Los Angeles Basin and San Diego. This trend will extend along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and part of British Columbia, bringing rounds of heavy rain. According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, “In the Santa Cruz Mountains, the mountains in the North Bay region, in the foothills and mountains east of the Sacramento Valley and northernmost San Joaquin Valley, 8 to 12 inches could fall with local amounts of 16 to 18 inches”.
Accompanying each storm, rounds of heavy wind gusts from the south and southeast will hit coastal areas from Northern California to Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, possibly downing trees and power lines. Experts predict that the localized gusts will reach up to 80 mph along the slopes and between mountains due to local effects.
After the first storm on Wednesday, snow levels will trend upward and continue to rise until Sunday. At the elevations above 7,500 feet, in the northern Sierra Nevada, there will be a significant increase in snow levels.
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