California: Shift from Flooding, Mudslides to Sun, Warmth

March 30, 2011; 7:08 AM ET
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Workers survey storm damage at the Pacific Cove Mobile Home Park in Capitola, Calif., Friday, March 25, 2011. A powerful storm swept across California, flooding part of Capitola in Santa Cruz County and forcing dozens of mobile home residents to evacuate. The storm soaked hillsides along the coast, threatening landslides as the rain continued into the weekend. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

It's been a rough couple of weeks for California with storms bombarding the state with record-setting mountain snow and torrential rain that has caused serious flooding and mudslides. The threat of a landslide in Hercules, Calif., has even forced families to move out of their homes.

Fortunately for many California residents, a much-needed break from stormy weather is on the way.

A drier, much warmer weather pattern will be setting up across the state over the next few days. In Southern California, sunshine with highs in the 80s and even 90s are in the forecast much of the rest of the week before a cooldown over the weekend.

As AccuWeather.com Western Expert Ken Clark pointed out in his blog Monday, this will be the warmest weather of the year thus far in some places. He added that temperatures will rise into the 80s all the way into coastal areas of Southern California and into the 70s along the central California coast.

Looking ahead to next week and perhaps beyond, the drier weather pattern is expected to continue, as storms generally start taking a track farther north into Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

A few will still graze northern California and the Sierra, though these storms are not expected to produce nearly as much rain or snow as those over the last couple of weeks.

Dry Break Could Be Too Late for Hercules

In Hercules, the break from the wet weather could be coming too late. A portion of a neighborhood in that area reportedly slipped 10 feet over the weekend following heavy rain. Officials have said the hillside on which the neighborhood is built could come sliding down at any minute.

According to ABC News, this has been a problem for Hercules for years. Several homes were condemned in 2006, and neighbors have been watching the slipping hillside push the vacant homes off their foundations, ABC News reported.

Hercules is located just northeast of San Francisco on San Pablo Bay. AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jim Dickey has footage from Hercules along with more details in the video at the bottom of this page.

Heavy Rain and Snow Not All Bad for California

Water shortages are a common problem for California and nearby states. The region relies heavily upon seasonal snowfall in the Sierra-Nevada for water supplies, and the snowpack in some areas this year is the highest on record.

This month became the snowiest March in recorded history at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., with a whopping 178 inches falling. The seasonal total hit a record 606 inches Monday.

AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski discussed last week how the unprecedented snowfall in the Sierra will have both positive and negative impacts in California and parts of the Southwest.

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