Things are About to Get Wet Outside


After a mild beginning to the fall season, things are about to get wet. Really, really wet. And, maybe, a bit loud as well.

The National Weather Service is predicting the first storm system will hit late tonight and continue into the morning hours with the possibility of coastal thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon into Thanksgiving morning.

According to the Eureka office’s hydrologic outlook, the region will potentially see “heavy rainfall and strong south winds" Thursday afternoon into Friday, with amount totals of 2 to 4 inches likely.

“River flooding is not expected,” the outlook states. “However, heavy rainfall may cause small streams and low-lying urban areas to flood.”

For burn scar areas in eastern Trinity and Mendocino counties, flash flooding is possible, according to the forecast.
Read NWS postings on the forecast below:
Rain will return to the northwest California this week. The first system comes late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Showers and thunderstorms are expected behind this first system These showers will end Wednesday night. This break will be brief as the next system brings more rain starting midday on Thursday. Flash flooding is possible on the burn scars in eastern Trinity and eastern Mendocino counties. Snow levels will be over 5,000 feet for these systems. For details on your location visit and search for your zip code.
Ocean and coastal thunderstorms will be possible Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. Any thunderstorm that develops will be capable of producing cloud to ground or ocean lightning, heavy rain, and gusty winds. Remember when thunder roars, go indoors!

Read the NWS hydrologic outlook below:
Potentially heavy rainfall and strong south winds are forecast to develop Thursday afternoon and persist through Friday. Rainfall totals from 2 to 4 inches will be likely, with locally higher amounts occurring across west facing mountain and ridge slopes. River flooding is not expected. However, heavy rainfall may cause
small streams and low-lying urban areas to flood.

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