As Another Major Storm Lashes California, It Faces Weeks of Cleanup

California officials warned it could take weeks to clean up after weeks of heavy rains, snow, and flooding as California was being lashed Monday by what’s likely to be the final in a string of lethal atmospheric rivers.

The National Weather Service (NSW) warned in a forecast update Monday night that parts of California will be impacted today in one last moist storm system with locally heavy rain, mountain snow, and gusty winds, noting that the system will move on Tuesday into the Southwestern US.

Per the National Weather Service, the storm that passed through the Bay Area overnight was later bringing hazardous ocean conditions to the Los Angeles County area and, as another storm system brought swells and increasing winds to the waters, those conditions were expected to last through Tuesday.

The NWS in Sacramento announced Monday that a flood warning was also issued at Michigan Bar along the Cosumnes River and at Mormon Slough at Bellota.

Officials in the Sierra Nevada have warned drivers to stay off the roads as the heavy snow was continuing into Monday evening, greatly impacting travel in the area while as a result of the rain and snow, “significant instability” was detected on Highway 1 in the Monterey County area near Big Sur, per the California Department of Transportation.

According to the California Cooperative Snow Surveys, mountain snowpack statewide as of Monday is at 247% of the average for the date and 120% of the average for the typical seasonal peak, which is April 1.

As a result, the amount of water that would be created if all the snow melted, the so-called snow water, amounted to 31.6 inches.

Per a White House statement issued Monday night, President Biden will on Thursday visit communities along California’s central coast that have been affected by the storms – which have killed at least 19 people since late December- and will meet with first responders, state and local officials.

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