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When will heavy rain fall in Southern California and how long will it last?


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When will heavy rain fall in Southern California and how long will it last?

hayley smith

March 14, 2023

Rain is beginning to hit Southern California as another atmospheric river storm moves through the state. This is what you can expect:

Forecast Tuesday: Rain was falling in San Luis Obispo County Tuesday morning and was expected to increase as the storm moves south during the day. The worst of the storm is expected in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties Tuesday afternoon and evening, and in Los Angeles later Tuesday night. Coastal and valley areas could see 2 to 5 inches of rain, with Santa Barbara County being hardest hit. Strong winds are also expected, especially in mountains and ports. There are threats from mud and debris flows on steep terrain and around wildfire scars, including those from the Alisal, Cave and Thomas fires, where Santa Barbara County officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order. Wednesday: Rainfall will intensify along the coasts and in the valleys of Orange County, the Inland Empire, and the mountains of San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego counties after midnight Wednesday and will last until noon. The rain is expected to become showers over most of Southern California by Wednesday afternoon and move away from the area by late evening. Thursday Saturday: Mostly cloudy . Sunday: Chance of scattered rain overnight and into morning. Warnings The Ventura, Sisquoc and Santa Ynez rivers may be approaching flood stage, with smaller creeks and creeks expected to fill. flood watch are in effect in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties through Wednesday morning. “The threat of significant highway and small stream flooding is high, so we would expect many significant highway delays and even some closures,” said Ryan Kittell, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Oxnard. The San Gabriel and Los Angeles Rivers “It will definitely have a lot of flow, and that will usually result in swift water rescues,” Kitt ell said. flood watch they are also in effect in the San Bernardino, Riverside, and Santa Ana Mountains, as well as parts of the Inland Empire in the foothills vicinity and inland Orange County through Wednesday afternoon. Another atmospheric river storm hits California, the state’s 11th this season Tips Driving in the Rain Checking Your Flood Risk Staying Safe During the Big Storm Preparing for Landslides and Debris Flows How a Landslide Happens

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