Rain Precedes Dry Pattern in West

By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
March 9, 2014; 7:17 AM ET
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A storm system in the Northwest will continue to deliver rain over the region heading into the new week with some rain dipping down into parts of California.

Although cities such as San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno are forecast to receive some rain from this, moisture from this system will fail to reach Southern California with no rain in sight.

The greatest chance for residents of California to see some rain will come on Sunday night into Monday as the area of heaviest precipitation shifts south before tracking eastward towards the Rockies.

Some snow is also forecast to fall across the mountains, helping to add to the snowpack in the Sierras and the Cascades.

While those in the Northwest will have to worry about flash flooding with this system, any rain is welcome in the drought-stricken state of California.

According to the most recent report by the U.S. Drought Monitor, 90 percent of California is in a severe drought and 66 percent of the state is in an extreme drought.

"If our models are right, Southern California will not have any chance of rain before sometime during the week of March 17." said AccuWeather U.S. Western Expert Ken Clark.

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Snowpack in the mountains is very important for the summer months as snowmelt helps feed water into reservoirs located downstream.

"There certainly has been improvement in the amount of water in the Sierra snowpack, up on a statewide average by 16 percent. However, the percent of normal for year-to-date is still very low, ranging from 20 percent in the north to 37 percent in the central Sierra." said Clark.

This drought will have negative effects on the agriculture industry across the Golden State which can ultimately impact prices at grocery stores all across the country.

Looking ahead through the rest of the week, the entire West Coast appears like it will be dry as a large area of high pressure builds over the region.


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