The storm over the weekend brought some of the best snow and rain amounts of the entire winter from central to Southern California to Arizona. Sunday brought a snow blitz to Arizona. Here are a few of the amazing totals.
Arizona Snowbowl-53 inches North Flagstaff-29 inches Flagstaff-24 inches Williams-24.4 inches Mountainaire-22 inches Kachina Village-21 inches Payson-12 inches Heber-8 inches Sedona-9.5 inches
The weekend storm also left a good amount of snow behind in the Sierra which improved the numbers for available water in the snowpack. In the middle of last week the average in the Sierra was 34 percent, today it stood at 45 percent. Still well below normal but better.
What is in store for the rest of the week. In central and Southern California and Arizona, sunshine and a warming trend will be featured over the next few days that will likely last through the end of the week in the deserts of Southern California and all of Arizona. In the Northwest, a new storm will move ashore in British Columbia tonight, bringing rain and snow across the Northwest and even northern most California tonight and tomorrow. Snow levels will be on the rise since a milder southwest flow is established. The unsettled pattern stalls for a good 24 to 48 hours into Thursday with additional rain and snow likely.
After that, a closed low will drop south from the Gulf of Alaska to the eastern Pacific. This looks like it will eventually bring more rain and snow to California. But there are major differences in the timing. The GFS brings rain into central California Saturday. However, the European waits 24 to 36 hours longer than that with rain not arriving until late Sunday/Sunday night, not reaching Southern California until Sunday night or Monday. The European has been doing a far superior job than the GFS and I am going to ride that horse until I get bucked off.
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A colder pattern has its grips on the Western U.S. but will it yield any major storms?
Changes to the weather pattern will result in several storm systems rolling through California through early next week.
Santa Ana winds will crank across Southern California over the next couple of days. The focus will then shift to the next storm system coming next week.
More storms will strike California through the weekend bringing more heavy rain and snow.
The storm track will shift back to the western U.S. through the weekend allowing several systems to spread heavy rain and snow.
Recent heavy rain and snow has helped with the drought situation in California. What does next week have in store?
Relentless heavy rain will bring life-threatening conditions to California over the weekend and next week.