Next California Storm Will Make Easter Weekend Cold and Wet

Next California Storm Will Make Easter Weekend Cold and Wet

Cars drive through heavy rain in Newport Beach, Calif., on Feb. 5, 2024. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Jill McLaughlin

Jill McLaughlin

3/28/2024

Updated: 3/31/2024

Another storm is expected to arrive in California, bringing cold temperatures along with rain, wind, and snow for Easter weekend, according to the latest weather forecast.
In Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the National Weather Service expects a low-pressure system to bring temperatures down to the high-40s to low-50s Friday and Saturday nights, meteorologist Kristan Lund told California Insider.
The highs should reach the mid- to high-50s through Sunday, she said.
“We’re still 10 to 20 degrees below normal for this time of year,” Ms. Lund added.
The storm is headed to the Golden State from the northern Pacific Ocean and will bring periods of moderate to heavy rain over the weekend. By Sunday, the rain should taper off to showers, according to the National Weather Service.
The system will also deliver wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour across Southern California mountains and up to 30 miles per hour along the coasts and inland areas, according to Ms. Lund.
The system does have some instability, which could cause areas to get some heavy rain and small hail. There is also a “very small risk” of weak tornadoes, according to the weather service.
The tornadoes could form “just about anywhere,” but would more likely occur near the coastal areas, Ms. Lund said.
Snow is also forecast for the Southern California mountains, dropping as low as 5,000 feet on Saturday morning and 4,500 feet on Sunday, according to the weather service.
There is also a 20 percent chance that the Grapevine–a mountain pass on Interstate 5 between Santa Clarita and the San Joaquin Valley–could see snowfall from Saturday through Sunday, according to Ms. Lund.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, weather forecasters issued a wind advisory from 11 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday. Areas affected include the mountains of Santa Cruz, Santa Lucia, and San Benito County as well as the East Bay Hills, Monterey County and the Los Padres National Forest.
The National Weather Service expects south and southeasterly winds to reach up to 35 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour.
The San Francisco Peninsula Coast and Monterey Bay should expect winds to gust up to 45 miles per hour, according to the advisory.
The weather service advised the public to expect isolated power outages, difficulty operating high-profile vehicles, and downed trees and branches.
Since Oct. 1, 2023, most of California’s coastal communities have received above average precipitation.
Los Angeles County has recorded nearly 140 percent of average; San Diego, 115 percent; San Francisco, 109 percent; and Monterey, 102 percent, according to the most recent data from the California Department of Water Resources.
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Jill McLaughlin

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Jill McLaughlin is an award-winning journalist covering politics, environment, and statewide issues. She has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in Oregon, Nevada, and New Mexico. Jill was born in Yosemite National Park and enjoys the majestic outdoors, traveling, golfing, and hiking.

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