According to meteorologists, a severe winter storm that hit California on Tuesday brought rain, snow, and the potential for flash flooding to the drought-stricken state.
Up until Wednesday, the storm is expected to linger. When it arrived on Monday, hopes were raised that the precipitation might help California’s already manageable wildfire season.
But in some places, the rain brought with it new issues. For around 25 properties in the Fish Fire burn scar region, the city of Duarte in Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains foothills issued mandatory evacuation orders late Monday night.
For other areas in the Bond Fire burn scar in the Santa Ana Mountains that are in canyons, evacuation orders are in effect until Wednesday morning.
A flash flood watch has been issued for Northern California through 5 p.m. In the burn scars left by the Colorado and River wildfires, heavy rain on Tuesday could cause debris flows and flash flooding, according to the warning.
According to the National Weather Service, the coast and valleys of the Los Angeles region should receive between 1 and 3 inches (2.54 and 7.62 cm) of rain through Wednesday.
Up to 5 inches of rain may fall in the highlands and foothills (12.70 centimeters). Tuesday afternoon and into the evening are predicted to experience thunderstorms.
According to meteorologists, snowfall on mountain summits higher than 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) might range from 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters), with 20 inches (50 centimeters) of accumulation likely locally.