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Southern California Rainstorm May End Wildfire Season

Southern California Rainstorm May End Wildfire Season

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By    |   Monday, 08 January 2018 11:25 AM

A Southern California rainstorm may end the destructive wildfire season that has torn through the parched land, resulting in over 9,000 fires burning more than 1.2 million acres last year, AccuWeather reported.

Parts of the southwestern U.S., including Southern California, could see heavy rainfall and mountain snow from early this week, with up to several inches of rain falling along the western- and southern-facing slopes of the mountains.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark noted that if the amount of rain were to materialize, it would be "enough to raise the risk of flash and urban flooding in Southern California from Monday night to Tuesday night."

Due to the approaching storm, evacuations have been issued for areas below the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Rey Fire Burn Areas, Santa Barbara County officials announced in a news release.

Southern California saw its last significant rainfall in February 2017 and since then has been in the grips of a record dry spell, the National Weather Service said.

This dry spell, combined with record warm conditions contributed to California’s destructive fire season, but the storm may provide some relief to these areas.

AccuWeather noted that much of the lower elevations of California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona would see widespread rainfall, while major cities of San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento are all expected to get soaked.

Ahead of the storm, Clark has warned that mudslides may also occur along with flashfloods, with the greatest risk being in recent burn scar locations.

As the storm moves inland, heavy snow can be expected in the Sierra Nevada and the various mountain ranges along the Southwest.

"The storm will kick up gusty winds along the coast and over the mountains as the storm approaches and swings inland," Clark said.

AccuWeather noted that showers may linger in parts of Northern California until midweek, although dry weather may return.

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A Southern California rainstorm may end the destructive wildfire season that has torn through the parched land, resulting in over 9,000 fires burning more than 1.2 million acres last year.
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