National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, just released a warning for the Pacific Northwest and California that indicates a series of strong weather patterns are going produce heavy storms and potentially large amounts of snow at higher elevations. The storms are predicted to hit Thursday and will continue through Saturday.
According to NOAA’s meteorologists, the coastal regions of Washington, Oregon and Northern California are likely to get hit the hardest. Mt. Baker, Washington could receive 140 inches, Mt. Hood, Oregon could get 80 inches, and Mt. Shasta, California may get clobbered with up to 138 inches in this storm cycle.
The forecast sure is a wet one, with exceptionally moist conditions at lower elevations. Here’s to hoping it translates into snow in the mountains.
Here’s the official forecast from NOAA:
Short Range Forecast Discussion
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD
400 PM EDT Thu Oct 13 2016
…Widespread heavy rain over the Pacific Northwest and Northern
…High winds over portions of the Pacific Northwest, Northern
Anonymously high winds and heavy rain will impact much of the Pacific
Northwest coast. Hurricane force winds are forecast over the eastern
Pacific Ocean – with gusts inland of 50 to 60+ mph as a strong cold front
approaches. Coastal areas may be affected by frequent, high waves. A
significant stream of moisture will continue to interact with a series of
fronts through the weekend to bring widespread rain from Washington
southward to northern California. Rapid runoff from terrain, especially
over burn scars from recent wildfires, may lead to debris flows/mudslides
over the next several days. Some of highest rainfall is forecast for
northwest California along the Siskiyou Mountains – a 3-day total for this
area may reach 20 inches. The Northern Sierras could see around 12 inches
and the Olympics around 13 inches. Southwestern Oregon and northern
California will have an elevated flooding risk into next week.
Rain and elevated snow will spread beyond the Intermountain West this as
the front crosses the Front Range and moves through the High Plains and
Upper Midwest. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to develop from
northern Missouri to the Upper Great Lakesby Saturday.
Additionally, upper-level energy over the Southwest/Southern Rockies will
move eastward to the Lower Mississippi Valley by Friday evening. Showers
will develop over portions of the southern Plains and lower Mississippi
valley as warm Gulf moisture transports northward and interacts with the