California Braces For ‘Final’ Storm System As Others Prepare For More

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Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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California is bracing for its “final” forecast storm Monday, while other states prepare for the next onslaught of extreme weather.

California appears to be in its final week of extreme weather, which has included back-to-back atmospheric rivers and a bomb cyclone, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service (NWS). At least 18 Californians have died as a result of higher-than-average precipitation since the start of 2023.

“One last very moist storm” will make landfall, creating localized areas of heavy rain, snow in mountainous regions, and “gusty winds” in California on Monday. Flooding is possible in parts of Central and Southern California, including in the major cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, the NWS noted.

The relief heading for California cannot be found in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. There, one storm is dissipating today, but another will follow Wednesday night and into Thursday, according to NWS’s Twin Cities Twitter account. The area can expect several inches of snow alongside colder temperatures.

A Winter Storm Watch will take effect late Tuesday afternoon for Denver, Colorado, and the northeast plain, NWS Boulder noted. (RELATED: Check Out The National Weather Service’s Amazing Word Gymnastics Over California Drought Questions)

From a national perspective, much of the West and Southwest will experience heavy rainfall on already saturated soils, increasing flood risks and the already-high snow pack in mountainous areas, NWS continued. Critical fire weather threats were also put in place in  the South Plains.