Tuesday's live blog-- Cali: +6'' of rain & feet of snow, again
March 21, 2023
Tuesday's live blog
Cali: +6'' of rain & feet of snow, again
In this blog, you will easily follow along with what's happening at the moment. This blog is updated throughout the day Tuesday with the latest information about the twelfth atmospheric river affecting California.
Damaging winds, rain, and heavy snow will linger into Wednesday. Check in tomorrow morning with Weather & Radar for the latest forecast and updates on our live blog.
9:00 p.m ET update
Power outages continue to grow. According to the website poweroutage.us, more than 250,000 customers are without power in California as of this update. The most impacted counties are:
San Mateo: 39,916
San Francisco: 33,552
Santa Cruz: 23,384
8:30 p.m ET update
Storms have been producing lightning and hail this afternoon in central and southern California. Flooded roads and torrential downpours have created messy commutes stretching from the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles.
8:00 p.m ET update
Winds gusting 50+ mph are causing power outages and downing trees across central and southern California. The WindRadar shows these powerful gusts which are expected to continue into tonight.
7:00 p.m ET update
The number of power outages continues to grow in California. According to the website poweroutage.us, more than 150,000 customers are without power in California as of this update. The most impacted counties are:
San Mateo: 47,695
Santa Cruz: 24,509
Santa Clara: 21,503
6:30 p.m ET update
Check out the video below to see conditions across California. The rain, wind, and heavy snow will continue into Wednesday.
6 p.m ET update
Travel is severely impacted in central and southern California's mountain ranges due to high winds and heavy snow. If you do plan to travel in these locations, snow chains are needed.
5 p.m ET update
The risk of power outages and tree damage is growing as strong winds move onshore. According to the website poweroutage.us, more than 110,000 customers are without power in California as of this update. The most impacted counties are:
Santa Clara: 37,043
Santa Cruz: 22,959
San Mateo: 15,786
4 p.m ET update
Our latest WeatherRadar shows heavy rains falling across the coastal mountains through the Bay Area. There are also thunderstorms just to the east of Bakersfield extending to just east of Porterville. The Sierra is starting to get heavy snow and conditions will quickly start deteriorating.
Strong winds have also expanded and are now affecting much of the state. San Jose and Palo Alto getting winds of 55 mph with higher gusts. Power lines could be downed and power outages could be extensive. Keep those mobile devices charged.
3:15 p.m ET update
2 p.m ET update
Meteorologist Mary Mays does a deep dive into what's happening in California at 3 p.m. ET
1 p.m ET update
11 a.m ET update
State and local authorities are ready to face the inches of rain and feet of snow that will affect California through Wednesday.
10 a.m ET update
This is the twelfth atmospheric river that affects the West Coast this season. Heavy rain arrived overnight and some spots, like Santa Barbara, have already received nearly 1 inch of rain and the event is just starting.
9:00 a.m ET update
Another large atmospheric river will be affecting Central and Southern California during the next 24 hours. Expect periods of heavy rains and heavy mountain snow starting Tuesday and continuing through the day on Wednesday. With many places in California still working to heal from the recent floods and trying to bury themselves out of the snow this next atmospheric river could create dangerous conditions rapidly.
The gusts are quickly picking up this morning across much of California, where there are several wind advisories in effect through late Tuesday. Gusts could reach 60 to 70 mph across some locations which could down trees and power lines. Please stay away from any power lines.