California Rainstorm: How Many Inches of Rain Will SoCal Get?

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Another severe weather system sweeps into California this week, bringing a potentially fatal storm to the Bay Area and potential flooding to Southern California.

SoCal could see as much as three inches of rain fall in a torrential downpour Wednesday night through Thursday morning, leading to possible flooding and dangerously high waves on the beach. Winds in the deserts reach dangerous speeds of 100 to 100 km/h, just barely reaching the strength of a hurricane.

The northern part of the state will experience even more dangerous weather conditions. Meteorologists from our sister station KGO-TV forecast in San Francisco Winds of up to 60mph with heavy rain expected to down trees and power poles while also triggering mudslides and flooding. The National Weather Service warns of possible loss of life from the storm.

The storm is also likely to bring 2 to 5 feet of snow to the central California Sierras, helpfully boosting the state’s water supply, which has been left low by years of drought.

Southern California won’t be hit quite as hard, but there will still be severe storm conditions, including dangerously high waves and currents on the beaches.

Rain begins in Southern California on Wednesday at a slower pace during the day, turning to a torrential downpour during the night hours. At times there could be up to an inch of rain per hour overnight.

Full prognosis from ABC7 here.

Thursday mornings will be a difficult and potentially dangerous commute on many SoCal streets.

A flood warning has been issued for much of the region, particularly for areas still recovering from wildfires.

A high wind watch was also issued for Ventura County and will continue through early Thursday morning.

A beach hazard warning was also issued, stating 10-14 waves are possible off Orange County and San Diego and Ventura County.

Local communities in Southern California are preparing for the storm, especially in vulnerable areas like beach communities and wildfire-ravaged areas.

“We are primarily concerned about three factors,” said Lt. Chris Pierce of the Seal Beach Marine Safety Department. “There will be rain that will saturate the soil. It will be surf pushing additional water onto the already saturated bottom in combination with the already high tides.”

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