As California suffers through a third straight year of drought, the state’s reservoirs are at record lows and a large number of fields in the central valley sit unplanted. Economic impacts of the extreme drought conditions are being felt across the nation as prices of California exports continue to rise, particularly being felt in grocery stores. Drops of rain would certainly be a blessing and some welcome rainfall looks to finally be on the way, arriving by later this week.
A train of storms moving through the western United States will bring rain far enough south to dampen the Los Angeles area by Friday night. Trick-or-treaters may have to use the rain gear and dodge some puddles while gathering their annual Halloween goodies. According to the National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA, scattered rain showers are forecast Friday night into early Saturday as a large trough of low pressure and associated surface frontal boundary impact the region. Most locations in the area are expected to see at least some light rain, although precipitation amounts are not forecast to be heavy and certainly nowhere near the amount needed to have any significant impact on the drought conditions.
Either way, a quarter to a half an inch of rain will be welcomed in the Los Angeles area, with higher amounts possible further north in California. In addition, snow levels will fall to 5000 feet by Sunday with accumulations possible.
Further north, the National Weather Service in Sacramento released a special weather statement warning of a winter storm to impact the region later this week. They warned that significant travel delays and hazardous travel will be possible across the Trans-Sierra highways. Forecasters across northern and central California had high confidence for a wet Halloween and heavy mountain snowfall that ski resorts are sure to be excited about. Several inches of snow are possible over the Sierra Peaks and thunderstorms with gusty winds will be possible over the valley and Sierra foothills on Friday evening.
Stay tuned for more information on this developing weather story.