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Powerful Storm Forecasted to Slam So Cal Starting Friday

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. ( A powerful pacific storm is forecasted to bring heavy rainfall to the region starting Friday and continue into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

A jet stream intensifying over the eastern Pacific will bring rain, snow to the local mountains, gusty winds, and hazardous seas.

Forecasters are predicting the latest storm will potentially bring the heaviest two-day rain event the Los Angeles Basin has seen in over six years.

“Two-day rainfall totals will likely be substantial, along with very strong winds making for hazardous travel conditions and possible tree damage. Heavy rainfall rates may cause flash flooding, debris flows, and possible river flooding,” stated the NWS.

A high wind warning goes into effect on Friday, with the strongest winds being between 2:00 p.m. and midnight. Very strong and damaging southerly winds will have a high impact with downed trees, possible structural damage, and dangerous boating conditions.

Wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected from the coast to the valleys and across portions of the lower deserts. Winds Gusts in the mountains and portions of the Victor Valley will exceed 70 mph.

Be prepared for the hazardous stormy conditions, especially if you have travel plans in the mountains where snow covered roads and chain restrictions are likely.

NWS predicts that “snow levels will start at 8,000 feet Friday morning, lowering to 6,500 to 7,000 feet Friday afternoon, and then drop to 5,500 Saturday morning. Snowfall accumulations will be up to 7 inches between 6,000 feet and 7,000 feet with local amounts to one foot. Above 7,000 feet one to two feet of snow is possible.”

A flash flood watch impacting the Victor Valley and Lucerne Valley remains in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon.

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