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17 Feb 2024

Swaths of California—including San Francisco and parts of Los Angeles—are facing flood watches through early next week as a pair of new storms are preparing to dump more rain on the state, just weeks after a three-day atmospheric river brought significant flooding and mudslides.

California Storms

A couple walks on the edge of the Los Angeles River, carrying stormwater downstream Sunday, Feb. 4, ... [+] 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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The first storm had already started to bring rain into northern California Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, and was expected to continue into Sunday, bringing snow to the northern Rockies.

A more widespread storm, however, is set to reach the coast Sunday, hammering the central coast with rain into Monday and then bringing rain into Southern California—including Los Angeles—Monday into Tuesday, according to AccuWeather forecasters.

The National Weather Service says Sunday’s rainfall could bring heavy rain, strong winds, flooding and possible power outages to the Los Angeles area, with flooding from excessive runoff and shallow landslides possible in the Bay Area, which could see impact from both storms.

The storms are not expected to be as strong as the ones that prompted flooding and mudslides earlier this month, according to AccuWeather—but the rain will come as the state is still recovering from those storms, particularly in Southern California.

Both San Francisco and Los Angeles will be under flood watches Sunday through Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms are also expected to bring heavy snowfall of potentially up to three feet into the Sierra Nevada mountains early next week.

The powerful atmospheric river storms that hit California earlier this month brought nearly 500 mudslides to the Los Angeles area. The Los Angeles Times reported as many as nine people died in those storms. Similar atmospheric rivers—or long bands of water vapor that can dump heavy rain—killed at least 20 people across the state in January 2023.

170%. That’s how much higher rainfall totals have been for Santa Barbara, San Diego and Los Angeles from Dec. 1 to Feb. 17 compared to their typical observed rainfall, according to Accuweather.

A Southern California mansion made headlines after this month’s storms caused a landslide nearby, creating the perception that the home was teetering on the edge of a cliff. But officials have since clarified that the home is not in danger of falling.