Heavy rain and snow set to inundate Western and Central US as more than 16 million are under flood watches

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More than 16 million people along the coast are under flood watch in anticipation of more stormy weather as heavy mountain snow, widespread rain and gusty winds continue to roll across the west and into the central United States on Thursday. increase.

As of early Thursday morning, 12 states in the western and central United States are under winter weather warnings. After a series of rains and winter weather earlier this week, roads were flooded, hurricane-like winds blew, and power was cut to thousands along the coast.

State police said five people, including a 4-year-old girl, died in dangerous conditions in Oregon. State gusts on Tuesday exceeded 100 mph in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.

A powerful atmospheric river — a long, narrow region in the atmosphere that can carry moisture thousands of miles — will continue to attack the western and central United States after the first round of moisture moved east on Thursday. Predicted.

A new round of rain and mountain snow will flood the coast Friday and move into Southern California and the Southwest over the weekend.

The Denver and Boulder areas saw as much as two inches of snow per hour as the first wave of moisture hit Colorado Wednesday night.

Boulder has more than 9 inches of snow, and Denver International Airport reported more than 5 inches of total snowfall early Thursday morning.

“Heavy snow can pile up on tree branches and power lines, causing them to snap off and lead to power outages. Plan for slippery road conditions. warned the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The storm hitting Colorado is expected to move out of the area Thursday morning and bring patches of wet snow and isolated rain to Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa Thursday night. A storm passes through Minneapolis, mixing rain, snow, and ice overnight.

Meanwhile, a new paroxysm of moisture is expected to hit the west coast on Thursday morning, followed by a stronger surge that will bring heavy rains into the evening. The storm system is expected to be concentrated in northern California, southern Oregon, and northern Nevada from Thursday evening through Saturday morning, before eventually shifting to southern California and the Four Corners region through the rest of the weekend.

Snowfall for most of the west over the next 5 days is expected to be 1-7 inches in lower elevations and 1-2 feet in higher elevations. In some isolated areas it may be visible over 2 feet.

The drought-stricken region is taking a brief respite as much of central California and northeastern Nevada have already seen up to 2 inches of rain, with some highlands seeing up to 4 inches. I am receiving An additional 2 to 4 inches of rain could fall in these areas by Saturday, with as much as 6 inches likely in the higher elevations.

More than 16 million people in central California and northwestern Nevada, including San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, Oakland and Reno, were under flood watch as of Thursday. Expected rainfall has prompted the National Weather Service to announce a slight risk of several days of excessive rainfall in parts of Northern California.

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