Heavy rain and flooding, along with high winds and low levels of snow, are expected to batter Southern California starting Monday, the latest in a series of storms to hit the region in recent weeks.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a series of announcements on Monday, including:
- a flood watch for most of the Los Angeles area through Wednesday afternoon;
- a wind advisory for most of the region Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; And
- A more severe strong wind advisory for coastal and inland areas of Orange County for Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Southerly winds were expected at 25 to 35 mph, gusting to 45 to 55 mph in Orange County, which could damage trees and power lines.
The first wave of rain appeared around midnight Monday through Tuesday morning and will continue through the start of the day. The rain will start light to moderate then become heavy between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The second wave will arrive after noon and will continue until the evening. This wave will bring significantly heavy rainfall and there is also the possibility of thunderstorms.
The third wave will begin Tuesday evening and continue until Wednesday morning. At that time, the rain will spread more over the area, but it will still be moderate to heavy.
The coast and valleys should see between one and three inches of rain. Mountainous regions and foothills can expect two to four inches of snow.
A flood advisory is in effect for coastal and interior areas of Orange County early Tuesday morning through Wednesday evening, with sensitive rivers, creeks, creeks and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.
Unlike the last two previous storms which were caused by warm atmospheric rivers, this storm will bring cooler air, which means snow levels will drop.
If your home has been affected by snow, hail or rain, it’s important to understand what type of insurance coverage you have. Telemundo 52 Responde has done the research, and here’s what to look out for.
snow in the mountains
The combination of old snow and new snow will increase avalanche danger above 6,000 feet.
A Winter Storm Watch and High Wind Watch will come into effect Tuesday morning and remain in effect through Tuesday evening and Wednesday evening.
A winter storm warning is in effect from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 11 p.m. Wednesday for the western and eastern San Gabriel Mountains and the Highway 14 corridor with snowfall accumulations of 2 to 5 feet at the above 6,000 feet, 10 to 20 inches between 5,000 and 6,000 feet, and 2 to 10 inches between 3,500 and 5,000 feet.
The NWS also warned of southerly winds blowing up to 75 mph.
Storm-related weather could lead to hazardous conditions, including highway flooding as well as urban and small stream flooding.
Heavy storms will hit the region this week, increasing the risk of flood damage. Given the possibility of structural damage to your home, it’s important to know what your insurance policy covers.
TIPS FOR DRIVERS
The Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) offers the following tips for driving in rainy or snowy conditions.
- Make sure your headlights are on. Keeping your headlights on every time you drive will increase your visibility in all conditions.
- Slow down and leave plenty of room to stop, making sure to leave at least three times more space than usual between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding.
- Do not use vehicle cruise control (cruise control) on wet, snowy or icy roads.
- Be aware of possibly icy roads, especially with bridges and overpasses, which freeze before the roads.
- Be careful on low traffic roads, which may not be cleared as often as other roads.
This story first appeared on Telemundo 52’s sister station NBCLA. Click on here to read this story in English.
City News Service contributed to this story