Heavy Rain Falls in California Areas Previously Burned by Wildfires

Winter is rainy season in southern California, and this past weekend continued that theme. A storm system from the Pacific Ocean brought heavy rain and mountain snow to the region Saturday night. Rainfall totals exceeded 1.5 inches in many locations, and one location in the Santa Monica Mountains recorded nearly 0.75 inches of rain in a single hour. Since the heavy rain fell in areas that were charred by wildfires late last year, mudslides were reported, which forced the closure of portions of the Pacific Coast Highway and buried cars underneath a cascade of mud. The rapper Soulja Boy found his car buried beneath four feet of mud Sunday morning.

Source: Fox40

Source: Fox40

A break in the rainfall is expected in southern California for the rest of this week, but another system will threaten the region with rain and mountain snow this upcoming weekend. Longer-range models show an active pattern continuing with multiple storm threats over the next two weeks.

Multiple Snowstorms Blanket New Mexico

While much of the eastern United States is enjoying mild weather, multiple snowstorms have impacted much of New Mexico. Last Friday, a system prompted blizzard warnings for the city of Albuquerque, where 3.0” of snow fell. Up to 18” snow was reported in the mountains outside of Albuquerque. Another storm is bringing snow to the region as the calendar flips to 2019. By the time the storm winds down early Wednesday, 4 to 8 more inches of snow are expected in and around Albuquerque. Amounts will be even greater in the mountains, with up to 2 feet possible in elevations above 10,000 feet.

Source: Albuquerque Journal

Source: Albuquerque Journal

Fortunately for the snowbound region, the weather pattern looks to be quieter for the next several days once today’s system passes

Large Storm Brings Heavy Precipitation, Huge Waves to Northwestern U.S.

A strong area of low pressure from the Pacific Ocean is bringing heavy rain, mountain snow, strong winds, and large waves the northwestern United States. Rainfall totals of up to 8 inches are expected by Wednesday in parts of Oregon and Washington. Heavy snow is impacting the higher elevations of the Cascade Mountains, with up to an additional 20 inches of snow possible in spots. The strong onshore flow from the storm has produced waves upwards of 50 feet tall in Northern California.

Source: USA Today

Source: USA Today

The storm is expected to move across the country this week and bring heavy rain to much of the eastern United States on Thursday and Friday.

Early Season Snowstorm Blasts Southern U.S.

This winter’s fast and furious start across the central and eastern United States has continued as the calendar flipped to December. This time, it was the southern states’ turn to take the brunt of winter’s wrath. An impressive early season storm brought heavy snow and ice stretching from Texas to Virginia this past weekend. As of Tuesday, Lubbock, Texas measured 10.5 inches of snow, more than the 9 inches the city averages in an entire season. Father east, Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina measured 7.0 inches of snow, it’s 3rd largest December snowstorm on record and more than its yearly average of 5.9 inches. Richmond, Virginia, meanwhile, recorded 11.5 inches of snow, it’s largest snowfall this early in the season and its largest December snowstorm since 1908.

Source: BBC

Source: BBC

But the very heaviest snow fell in the Appalachian Mountains .Some places, such as Busick, North Carolina, reported a staggering 34 inches of snow. Over 300,000 customers across the southeastern U.S. were without power early Monday, most of those in North Carolina.  Fortunately for the snow-weary region, no more winter storms are in the forecast for the near future.