After months of waiting, a parched California finally gets a good bath.
The water is already falling on the northern part of the state, with a powerful system dropping rain and snow over a large area from Washington state to Nevada on Sunday mornings. The Sierra Nevada could see more than two inches of snow in the next two days.
But despite the solid cloud cover over SoCal, which makes it seem like Angelenos will need an umbrella all day on Sunday, the last part of the weekend stays dry and cool, according to NBC4 meteorologist Belen De Leon.
“The rain won’t come for us until tomorrow morning,” said De Leon on Sunday.
The cold front moving the storm system will drag along the coast of Northern California overnight. Since precipitation is caused by an atmospheric river, it won’t get cold enough to bring snow to our area, but rain will come.
The rain will begin with a light drizzle during the Monday morning commute and intensify around noon in the Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The clouds then move east in the afternoon, dropping water onto the Inland Empire and Orange Counties during the evening commute.
De Leon said the rain should leave the region on Monday night.
SoCal will experience its first solid soak of the season on Monday, October 25th, 2021.
On Sunday morning, rain estimates ranged from a quarter of an inch per hour near the coast to 1.5 inches in the mountains and foothills.
These numbers are not set in stone as even small changes in the speed or position of the storm can make a huge difference in precipitation.
The heaviest rain will fall north of the Los Angeles area, worrying firefighters watching the Alisal Fire scorch in Santa Barbara County.
These officials issued an evacuation order for parts of Santa Barbara before the storm to protect residents from possible flash floods or mudslides.
An evacuation order has been issued for parts of the #AlisalFire fire scar due to an incoming storm with the potential to create a debris flow. The residents should leave on Sunday, October 24th by 12:00 noon. More information: https://t.co/YqDKvUfZIM
– SBCountyOEM (@SBCountyOEM) October 24, 2021
“Parts of the #AlisalFire burn scar have been evacuated due to an upcoming storm with the potential to create a debris flow,” the Santa Barbara Emergency Management Bureau said in a tweet on Sunday morning. “The residents should leave on Sunday, October 24th by 12:00 (noon).”
Monday’s storm could bring flash floods to the Santa Barbara district, which is particularly worrying for those near the Alisal Fire scar.
The storm will also churn up the coastal waters around SoCal, particularly on the west-facing beaches.
Monday through Wednesday has a high surf recommendation with 1.80 to 12 feet of surf on these west facing beaches.
Peak waves are seen from Monday afternoon through early Tuesday.
As the storm churns up the coastal waters on Monday, west-facing beaches are subject to high surf warning from Monday, October 25th to Wednesday, October 27th.
Temperatures will also drop to around 15 degrees below average for the season as a result of the storm. On Monday, the highest temperatures will only reach the 50s to 60s.
Tuesday will be drier, but still cooler than average. For the rest of the week, the weather will likely warm up and calm down.
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