Southern California Weather Force has issued a Flood Watch for the following areas, effective Sunday through Wednesday for the week of February 18th, 2024;
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles (minus deserts), and Orange County … The Northern Inland Empire Ontario, Fontana and the Cajon Pass …
A strong but slow-moving storm system will start to bring a division to Southern California Sunday through Wednesday, with the main target shifting to the watch areas listed above.
This system has been moving numbers around for a while but has been the most consistent in monitoring for Los Angeles westward. It will drop more rain in the watch area, with less for areas south and east, so in areas like San Diego and most of the Inland Empire, you will see less, which is welcomed by some of you for relief. This system is a tail-end Charlie, meaning the very southern end of the frontal zone hitting California.
Tail-end Charlie type systems tend to give less rain to Bakersfield as well. Mt. Pinos is in the way of the southerly flow, so you get into a rain-shadow. Same is true for the High Desert, and most of the Inland Empire zones. Inland Empire’s rain-shadow comes from the taller peaks of the Santa Ana Mountains surrounding Santiago Peak. Live in the low desert? Forget it, major rain-shadow with this.
This has higher snow-levels as well, so not much if any is to be expected to accumulate.
Timing of the start of the rain – (Window Sunday through Wednesday) – Does not include Saturday’s SLO/SBA Coast Rain
San Luis Obispo / Santa Barbara / Ventura – Sunday evening/night
Los Angeles / Orange County – Monday
Inland Empire / High Desert – Monday overnight into Tuesday
San Diego – Tuesday night into Wednesday
For the rest of the forecast, use the model images here –
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