The next powerhouse storm with flooding rain, feet of snow and damaging winds will continue to slam the West today.
Rain, wind and mountain snow increased across the Northwest and northern California Saturday night with the worst of the storm expected to spread to central California, Nevada and the northern Rockies on Sunday.
Central and northern California will bear the brunt of the powerhouse storm in terms of heavy rain and mountain snow.
A total of 4 to 8 inches of rain will inundate northwestern California (including Eureka and Crescent City) and the northern and central Sierra. Amounts to a foot cannot be ruled out along the southwest-facing slopes of the mountains.
That amount of rain alone is enough to significantly heighten concerns for flooding and mudslides, but the danger is even higher with the ground already severely saturated from storms earlier in the week.
The waterlogged soil will also make it easier for gusty winds to down trees and cause power outages.
Many of the low-lying communities of the Sacramento Valley and the San Francisco Bay area will receive an additional 2 to 4 inches of potentially flooding rain, according to AccuWeather.com Western Expert Meteorologist Ken Clark.
All that rain will translate to 3 to 6 feet of snow above 8,000 feet, according to Clark, in the Sierra and neighboring Klamath Mountains.
Combined with fierce winds topping 110 mph, an all-out blizzard will ensue on the mountain peaks.
Strong winds will not be confined to the highest elevations and where the heaviest rain and snow is falling.
Howling winds will spread east of the California mountains to eastern Oregon, southwestern Idaho and northern Nevada and will develop to the lee of the northern Rockies today.
A few of the communities the winds, which will be capable of causing damage and knocking over high-profile vehicles, will whip through include Klamath Falls, Ore., Reno, Nev., and Great Falls, Mont.
The worst of the storm will stay well north of Southern California this weekend. However, rough surf will pound the coastline and a bit of rain will spread south to Los Angeles.
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