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02 Feb 2019 | 11:53 PM UTC

US: Severe weather forecast in California February 2-4

United States of America News Alert

Severe weather forecast in California February 2-4, including heavy rain, high winds, and significant snowfall (in higher elevations); flash flooding, mudslides, power outages, and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/2/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/4/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION California

Event

Severe weather is forecast to affect California from Saturday, February 2, through Monday, February 4, bringing heavy rain, high winds, and significant snowfall (in higher elevations, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains). Heavy rainfall of 3-8 cm (1-3 in) is forecast for San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego through Saturday night (local time). Heavy snowfall is forecast in higher elevations, notably including the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with local accumulations of up to 1-2 m (4-6 ft) forecast through Monday.

Thousands of customers were without power as of Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, Monterey, Santa Barbara, and San Bernardino counties. Segments of major roads have also been closed due to debris flows, including portions of US 101, the Pacific Coast Highway, and multiple state routes. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for areas recently burned by wildfires due to the risk of mudslides, such as the Malibu West neighborhood, Agoura Hills, and the Paseo Canyon area.

Flash flooding, mudslides, power outages, and significant transportation disruptions (e.g. road closures and flight delays and cancelations) are to be expected in affected areas over the coming days.  

Advice

Individuals in California are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate flooding and transportation disruptions, and remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; all items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded. Adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders).

 

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