A pattern shift will bring more storms through to the United States Pacific coast.
The drought-stricken areas of the West Coast will continue to get some relief in the coming weeks.
Like the rain and snow this weekend, some of the precipitation with these storms could be heavier, allowing accumulating snow in the mountains and significant rain at lower elevations.
A few waves of moisture moving in will bring precipitation to northern California, Oregon and Washington again before the middle of the week.
As long as the rain falls at a steady rate, the very dry ground will be eager to soak up as much of the moisture as possible. A lot of rain in a short amount of time, instead, could bring flooding.
This pattern would need to hold on for quite some time in order to make a significant dent in the large drought spanning the West.
As of January 2014, more than 18 inches of rain would be necessary to reverse the effects of the drought from the coast of Washington, along the Pacific Ocean and all the way to southern California. Some areas would need twice as much.
In addition to wetter soil, these storms will bring down the wildfire threat. Additional snow could help boost the ski resorts from Cascades to the Sierra where there has been a need for West Coast snow so far this winter.
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Severe thunderstorms will threaten lives and property in portions of the southeastern United States into Tuesday in one of the first severe weather outbreaks of the year.
Over the first half of March, three separate and powerful nor’easters rattled the mid-Atlantic and Northeast and that number could increase to four later this week.
A second round of cold air from the “Beast from the East” sent temperatures tumbling below freezing across much of Germany over the weekend and little relief is expected through midweek.
Tropical Cyclone Eliakim has claimed the lives of at least 17 people in Madagascar as the storm produced flooding and mudslides.
A double-barreled storm will spread wet snow and travel disruptions from parts of Tennessee and Kentucky to coastal New Hampshire and Maine as winter winds down and spring begins.
As a second storm in three days pushes east of the Rockies, severe and drenching storms will erupt across areas from the southern Plains to the Southeast to close out this weekend.
It will not feel like the first days of spring to those in the mid-Atlantic and New England, where a snow event is expected to unfold spanning Tuesday through Wednesday.