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Ready for winter? Northern California prepares for a mammoth ‘atmospheric’ river

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The National Weather Service (NWS) issued flash flood warnings on Saturday, October 23, for much of northern California ahead of an ‘atmospheric river’ that is expected to bring intense rainfall on Sunday.

The rainfall, brought on by a series of intense storms in the Pacific, will provide much-needed moisture to some of the areas hardest hit by California’s ongoing drought, but too much at once will bring its own set of problems, particularly in areas burned by wildfires in recent years, officials warned. The NWS said in a tweet, will lead “to significant and life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, particularly over burn scar areas.”

Meanwhile, residents in the Lake Tahoe area prepared for possibly historical levels of precipitation beginning on October 23, when this same “atmospheric river” is forecast to begin unleashing significant moisture drawn from the Pacific.

Flash flood warnings were issued by the NWS on Saturday, October 23, for much of northern California ahead of the weather event. Tahoe City will be slightly warmer with the thermometer hovering around freezing, with five inches of precipitation expected to fall, according to the NWS. Snow is forecast to fall at higher elevations.

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