California is preparing for another atmospheric river
A double storm was expected to hit California this week, and the second storm likely provided the last of nearly a dozen atmospheric rivers flooding the state in recent months.
The National Weather Service has forecast periods of heavy rain and heavy snowfall in the Sierra Nevada with wind gusts of up to 50 mph over the next few days.
“After a quiet Saturday, brisk weather is expected to spread across much of the West,” the Met Office warned.
The first storm has already begun introducing moisture from the Pacific Ocean into California on Sunday and was expected to spread northward quickly over the Pacific Northwest.”
AccuWeather Meteorologists warn that the twin storms could deliver “significant” precipitation over Northern California before sweeping through the southern part of the state.
“Any severe rainfall could exacerbate northern California river flood concerns,” warned AccuWeather meteorologist La Troy Thornton.
The second storm, which arrives on Tuesday, is likely to include properties atmospheric river – A long, flowing region of the atmosphere that carries water vapor across the sky, AccuWeather says. AccuWeather said this storm will bring more heavy rain and mountain snow through Wednesday.
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The second storm is likely to focus on Southern California, AccuWeather said, where the wide availability of moisture is causing higher amounts of precipitation.
Heavy rains are expected in the Los Angeles area Tuesday, with the potential for widespread flooding. As of March 18, downtown Los Angeles has caught 24.06 inches of rain since November, more than double the normal total for that date.
Whiteout in Michigan: Dozens of cars crashed on a highway
The weather service said lake-shaped snowfall will continue mainly downwind in the lower Great Lakes region early Sunday. In Michigan, Interstate 96 near Portland was fully open Sunday, hours after dozens of cars were involved in a pileup in blackout conditions. Michigan State Police officials said they closed both eastbound and westbound I-96 after 5 p.m. Saturday after the plane crashed on the eastbound lanes. There were white conditions before the 100-car pileup, but the sun was out and the sky was clear by the time they released a photo showing the wreckage. Police said injuries were reported, but none were serious.
Video footage obtained by the State Journal showed several vehicles crashing into the cable barrier separating the eastbound and westbound lanes.
Conditions quickly worsened and visibility became poor before the buildup. Some drivers hit guard rails, while others were unable to stop and crashed into cars in front of them.
Floodwaters catch hikers in the Grand Canyon
The tribe said floodwaters are beginning to recede in the Havasupai tribal area near Grand Canyon National Park, where overnight tourists were trapped over the weekend. Facebook page. Tribal guides would lead hikers around the waters of the creek to the village on a back trail. The tribe reported on Friday that floods had washed away a bridge to the camp, and an unknown number of campers were evacuated on Saturday, including some via helicopter. The area is deep in a gorge, and can only be accessed by foot, helicopter, horse, or mule.
“No cameras, no photos as you are guided in areas that are generally closed to tourists,” the Facebook post read. “These are sacred sites, so please be respectful and follow instructions. We do everything we can to provide reasonable accommodations.”
Contributing: The Associated Press