After a month-long wait, a dehydrated California is finally getting a good soak.
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 the state of Washington to Nevada on Sunday morning. The Sierra Nevada could see more than two feet of snow in the next two days.
But despite the solid cloud cover over SoCal, which makes it look like Angelenos will need an umbrella all Sunday, the last part of the weekend will remain dry and cool, according to NBC4 meteorologist Belen De Leon.
“For us, the rain will not come until early tomorrow,” De Leon said on Sunday.
The cold front, moving the storm system, will travel down the coast from northern California overnight. Because the precipitation is due to an atmospheric river, it will not be cold enough to bring snow to our area, but there will be rain.
The rain starts with light drizzle during the Monday morning commute and gets heavier around noon in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The clouds will then sweep east in the afternoon, dropping water on the Inland Empire and Orange County during the evening commute.
Monday night, the rain is leaving the region, De Leon said.
Sunday morning, the calculation estimates ranged from one centimeter per hour near the coasts to 1.5 centimeters in the mountains and the foothills.
These numbers are not set in stone, as even small changes in the speed or position of the storm can cause a large difference in precipitation.
The heaviest rain will fall north of the Los Angeles area and cause concern for firefighters who see Alisal Fire burning scars in Santa Barbara County.
These officials issued an evacuation order for parts of Santa Barbara prior to the storm to protect residents from possible flooding or mudslides.
“An evacuation order has been issued for parts of #AlisalFire burn scars due to an incoming storm with the potential to produce a waste stream, “Santa Barbara’s Emergency Management Office announced in a tweet Sunday morning.” Residents should leave before noon. 12.00 (noon) Sunday the 24/10. “
The storm is also going to throw coastal waters up around SoCal, especially on west-facing beaches.
A high level of surfing advice will apply from Monday to Wednesday with surfing tension from six to 12 feet on the west-facing beaches.
Peak waves will be seen Monday afternoon through early Tuesday.
Temperatures will also drop as a result of the storm to about 15 degrees lower than the average temperatures for the season. On Monday, the highest temperatures only reach the 50s to 60s.
Even though Tuesday will be drier, it will still be cooler than average. The weather is likely to warm up and calm down for the rest of the week.