Another Atmospheric River Storm to Hit Soaked California, Raising Fears of More Floods

An atmospheric river storm bearing down on California will drop more rain and snow this week, sparking fresh concerns about additional flooding and snowmelt in the already soaked state.

The storm, which originated near Hawaii, is expected to intensify Monday into Wednesday. It will create “considerable flooding impacts below 5,000 feet elevation across much of the California Coast and Central Valley and over the southern Sierra Nevada foothills,” the National Weather Service said.

Atmospheric River Storm This Week Will Bring Heavy Rain, Raise Flood Concerns With Huge Sierra Nevada Snowpack

The winter of 2023 isn’t finished yet. Not by a long shot.

An atmospheric river storm is likely to hit Northern California late Thursday into Friday, meteorologists and climate scientists said Monday, bringing high chances of heavy rain in the Bay Area, 1 to 3 feet of new snow at higher elevations in the Sierra, and an increased risk of flooding as the warm rain hits the state’s massive snowpack.

Atmospheric River Storm to Douse the Bay Area With ‘Much-Needed Rainfall’ Next Week

The Bay Area is preparing for the second atmospheric river storm to soak the region this rainy season and alleviate the dire drought conditions in Northern California. There will be a slight chance of rain on Friday night into Saturday morning, with less than 0.10 of an inch forecasted in the North Bay, according to the National Weather Service.