California braces for stormy week as rain and snow threaten floods and power outages

California is facing a series of storms that will bring heavy rain, snow and strong winds to the state this week. The weather system could cause flooding, mudslides, road closures and power outages across the region.

The first storm is expected to arrive on Friday morning, with moderate to locally heavy rainfall of up to three inches likely for much of California. The rain may lead to some isolated flooding concerns, especially in areas burned by recent wildfires. The storm will also bring snow to the mountain peaks, with up to two feet possible in the Sierra Nevada.

The second storm will follow on Saturday, with similar impacts as the first one. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued winter storm warnings and advisories for several counties in the Sierra Nevada, the coastal range and the Lake Tahoe area. The NWS also issued freeze watches for parts of the Central Valley and Southern California, where temperatures could drop below freezing on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

California braces for stormy week as rain and snow threaten floods and power outages
California braces for stormy week as rain and snow threaten floods and power outages

The third storm will arrive on Sunday night and last until Monday, bringing another round of rain and snow to the state. This storm could be the strongest of the three, with gusty winds and heavier precipitation. The NWS warned that this storm could cause significant travel impacts, especially in the mountains, where blizzard conditions are possible.

Residents and travelers urged to prepare and stay safe

The storms will affect millions of people in California, from the coast to the inland areas. Residents and travelers are advised to prepare for the stormy weather and stay safe. Some of the tips include:

  • Check the latest weather forecasts and alerts before heading out.
  • Avoid driving through flooded roads and watch for debris and rocks on the roads.
  • Carry chains and emergency supplies if traveling in the mountains and be prepared for road closures and delays.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report any outages to the utility company.
  • Protect plants and pipes from freezing temperatures and bring pets indoors.
  • Have a flashlight, battery-powered radio and extra batteries in case of power outages.

Storms could bring some benefits to the state

Despite the potential hazards, the storms could also bring some benefits to the state. The rain and snow will help replenish the water supply and ease the drought conditions that have plagued California for years. The snow will also boost the ski resorts and the tourism industry in the state. The storms will also clear the air quality and reduce the fire risk in the state.

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