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California’s Cloneial Storm System Will Arrive on Wednesday

California's Cloneial Storm System Will Arrive on Wednesday

L.A. County remains dry, most of Southern California avoids Northern California storm system

by Mike Murphy

July 20, 2015 at 7:22 a.m.

L.A. County remains dry, most of Southern California avoids Northern California storm system

By Mary Schaffer

Most Californians are doing what they can to mitigate the threat of the California-cloneial storm system that has been approaching Northern California and the greater Sacramento area.

The threat is only temporarily a problem, however, as the system that will arrive on Wednesday looks like it won’t linger much longer, meteorologists said Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service’s forecast models show that the system will move out of the region on Thursday night. Forecasters expect the system to arrive in the afternoon on Thursday.

The low-pressure area from the system will eventually push toward Los Angeles and Sacramento. That means the threat of heavy rain and flooding could last into Friday. It also means that those areas will likely see more precipitation on Wednesday, including rain Saturday, forecasters said.

California’s governor declared a state of emergency Wednesday, and activated certain agencies to prepare for the arrival of the storm system.

That’s not to say that the threat of flooding will be less than it was this morning. The National Weather Service in Los Angeles estimates that about 15 to 18 inches of rain could fall in parts of the south and west of Los Angeles, including the beach.

That would be “a good storm,” said meteorologist Don Neppl.

However, the threat in the Bay Area is much lower for a good reason. The water in the bay has been slowly but steadily rising, and that increase will continue, Neppl said.

“The water level will continue to increase over the next couple of days and we’ll still see very strong winds developing in this strong low across Southern California,” he said.

That doesn’t mean that strong winds won’t develop, or that the system won’t dump a lot of rain.

Meteorologist Jim Pincus with the National Weather Service said that in his forecasting, “we are forecasting a system that is likely to increase in size in advance. The main part of the forecast shows very strong winds through the day on Thursday. We expect more precipitation through

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