Storms to bring rains to drought-stricken California

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Two storms are expected to bring rains to California, where a drought has affected 15 percent of the state, as well as parched Oregon and Washington, weather forecasters said Monday.

The first storm system could bring a quarter of an inch of rain and gusts to Los Angeles County from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

The second storm lasting from Friday afternoon to Saturday could bring 1 to 2 inches of rain to California’s coast and valleys and 4 to 6 inches in the foothills in Southern California. The second storm could cause flooding and mudflows from burned areas.

The second storm is also expected to bring rain to eastern Oregon, southern Idaho, and much of Nevada and Utah.

The rains break a long dry spell in Los Angeles that started after the last significant rain on March 25, 2012 brought nearly an inch of precipitation downtown, according to NWS meteorologist Scott Sukup.

The storm will cause temperatures to drop to the low to mid 60s and upper 40s overnight.

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