Southern California braces for powerful storm Monday, with heavy rain, snow, wind

A major storm is expected to hit much of Southern California on Monday, with forecasters again warning residents of massive waves and intense rip currents expected along the coast.

The region is likely to see heavy rain and snow, and powerful winds blowing in from the north, according to the National Weather Service. The latest storm is part of a “relentless parade of atmospheric rivers,” long, narrow plumes of moisture in the atmosphere – like rivers in the sky.

Locally, a winter storm warning will begin at 4 a.m. on Monday and run through 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Authorities are concerned about possible debris flows, especially in burn scar areas, along with urban flooding and trees toppling onto homes and cars.

Major storm still on track to affect SW CA tonight through Tuesday. Heaviest rain likely Mon afternoon-Tue. Impacts include urban and small stream flooding. possible mainstem river flooding & mud and debris flows in and around recent burn areas. #cawx #LAWeather #SoCal

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) January 8, 2023

The Los Angeles NWS office warned of dangerous waters off the coast, signaling that surfers and boaters should stay out of the ocean on Monday and Tuesday.

“There is an increased risk of ocean drowning,” the NWS said. “Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Waves can wash people off beaches and rocks, and capsize small boats near shore.”

In Orange County and the Inland Empire, a flood watch is in effect from late Monday through Tuesday evening.

The storm already battered much of Northern California and parts of the L.A. area last week and this weekend. Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power in the Sacramento area on Sunday, with widespread damage to roads, sidewalks, vehicles and homes reported.

Southern California escaped serious damage from last week’s storm, though shorelines were severely eroded and some piers were damaged.

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