As of 4AM this morning the west side has received 3.15" of rain since midnight on Friday. That is a pretty impressive 28 hour total. Not as impressive as what dropped in Lompico during the same time frame. That total was 6.75 inches. Needless to say, with the ground already saturated by last week's storm, the creeks, streams and rivers are running fast and high. Add to that very strong and gusty winds and we have a recipe for downed trees and flooding. Please be careful out there today whether you are on foot or wheels. Avoid entering into running or standing water. This is the real deal folks. If you have not done so already, find your flashlights and batteries. Be sure you have access to bottled water. And then sit back and enjoy the storm.
This storm continues through the day today, raging, blowing and dropping a few more inches of water, before slowly winding down overnight and into the early morning hours of Monday. Roads will be wet for the morning commute. Very wet. If you drive 17, plan for possible mudslide or downed tree closures. Even over in the valley, we could see issues with road flooding and hydroplaning. Slow it down and give it extra time. By mid morning we should see a break in the rain. The day will remain grey, brisk and potentially showery. It looks like less than a 12 hour break before the next system runs ashore late Monday night.
Tuesday looks similiar to today, but with only and inch and a half to three inches of total precip lasting through early Wednesday morning. This next system is a bit colder, but we won't feel much of a difference her eon the coast. Still, it will be brisk and wet during the day Tuesday. I'll post more details on this tomorrow. Looks like we get another break by mid morning on Wednesday, but with round three arriving on Thursday. Hope you are staying cozy. And remember, we need this water to break the drought.