A pair of atmospheric rivers are going to impact California in the coming days, bringing immense amounts of moisture that are setting up to be the most consequential storms of the winter season thus far for the state.
With a load of rain and snow on the way, many people may be wondering: why is it snowing in California?
Here is what you need to know about these California storms flooding the Golden State and the potential hazards that it may deliver.
Storms Will Tap Into Moisture in Atmospheric Rivers
The West Coast is going to be under the gun for a one-two punch with two major storm systems coming in from the Pacific.
Both of these storms will bring in moisture from the atmospheric rivers circulating above, raising the flooding risk for millions of residents in this edge of the nation.
The biggest concern is that the second system of the pair is predicted to train over the same general area as the first storm. The repeated downpours over a period of a few days will boost the threat of flooding and mudslides.
The large waves generated from the storms will also pound the coast of California well into next week, ushering in the possibility of coastal erosion, overwash, and minor property damage.