Some residents in the Southern U.S. may see severe weather later in the week as a powerful rainstorm may affect some areas. While severe weather is never welcomed, many of the affected areas are still in a drought, so residents will welcome the rain as long as it comes slowly enough to soak into the ground and run off into streams and rivers. That, however, may not be the case.
The first residents affected by the storms are those living in California. Rain may start in Southern California on Monday. High tides and large swells are likely to cause some coastal flooding.
Clouds continued to increase throughout Monday and Tuesday. Then, a low-pressure system arrived in the Bay Area on Tuesday night. Rain will increase from northwest to southeast across the region, but forecasters expect less than 0.5 inches.
Higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada, Klamath Range and South Cascades will likely see rain turn to snow. Multiple rounds of light-to-medium snow will probably fall starting about noon on Thursday and continue through the weekend. Colder temperatures mean that it will snow as low as 4,000 feet elevation.