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California could face major flooding as another storm brings heavy rain and snow

CA Flooding


Another major storm will dump more snow in the California mountains and bring the threat of significant flooding later this week.

Key Highlights

Threats: heavy rain, flash flooding, snowmelt, avalanche, mudslides, road closures, business disruptions, dangerous travel, power outages

States affected: CA

When: Thursday, March 9 - Wednesday, March 15


AccuWeather meteorologists are monitoring another significant storm that will bring heavy rain and more snow to an already battered and buried California. Businesses in the storm's path should start preparing for significant impacts from heavy snow, flooding, and strong winds late this week. Companies, municipalities, and school districts using AccuWeather For Business severe warning services such as AccuWeather's SkyGuard® Warnings,  or Snow Warning Service will be better prepared to protect their property, people, and assets. 

CA Rainfall-1
The storm with milder air will bring heavy rain over the higher elevations already hit by several rounds of heavy snow this winter. The system will bring several impacts, including unleashing heavy rainfall, flash flooding, mudslides, feet of snow mountain snow, and strong winds from Thursday night into Saturday. There is an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 12 inches. 

>>READ MORE: Flooding Fears: What is a flash flood and how can you protect your business? 

The storm can lead to rapid snowmelt in areas that have recently seen heavy snow, increasing the threat of flooding in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Another round of storms will impact California and the Northwest early next week. A potent storm is expected to spread heavy rain and mountain snow above 7,000 feet across California Tuesday and Tuesday night. 

With California being hit so hard by rain and snow this winter, AccuWeather's long-range meteorologist team believes the California drought will be wiped out by the early summer.

CA Storm

Businesses in the path of this storm should prepare for the following: 

  • Expect ground logistics disruption due to road closures, downed trees, and power outages from snow and flooding. 
  • Business interruption due to extended power outages
  • Loss of Inventory due to flooding - If your warehouse is in a low-lying area, precautions should be taken
  • The combination of standing water and reduced visibility could lead to significant ground travel disruptions 

Be proactive with AccuWeather's SkyGuard® Warnings, which will deliver site-specific alerts and offer warnings well before severe weather hits, giving you much-needed time to prepare. AccuWeather For Business gives more advance notice than all other sources and delivers forecasts and warnings with Superior Accuracy™

Benefits of SkyGuard®  Warnings: 

  • Proactive, site-specific alerts offer warnings well before severe weather impacts occur
  • Live one-on-one or group consultation is provided by our weather experts anytime, day or night
  • Alerts delivered in a format that aligns with your organizational emergency management plan
  • All-clear notifications are sent when a threat is over, minimizing weather-related downtime
  • All alerts are delivered via push notification from the SkyGuard mobile app, available on Android and iOS

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