Series of Storms Arriving; Some Flooding But Basically a Typical Rain System
A series of three storms will be impacting the Emerald Counties–Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity–over the next week. The first will be blowing in tonight and dump between five to eleven inches of rain. Then another will arrive Monday night staying until late Wednesday. The final will show up Thursday morning and persist until Friday evening.
Though Southern and Central California will see unusual amounts of water–an amount arriving only every 10 to 20 years, the storms will not impact the Emerald Counties as intensely, says Richard Lam, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. ‘We may not be impacted as much as a they are,” he explained. “This may be a typical rain system for us in Humboldt County.”
While other areas may experience intense flooding, our area is expected to only flood in “normal” areas such as the Ferndale bottoms. Streams and creeks will likely fill and push towards flooding. Even some of the main rivers may flood. “Some of the steepest river rises will occur in Mendocino County where the Navarro and Garcia rivers may reach flood stage,” according to the National Weather Service.
The storms next week are expected to coincide with the High Tide cycle which may make the flooding in Humboldt Bay area worse than normal, Lam explained.
The rains will start tonight and mountainous areas such as Kneeland are expected to get 40-50 mile per hour winds.
In addition, there is a winter storm watch from 10 p.m. tonight through tomorrow morning. Snow is expected to fall down to 2000 feet with accumulations of up to four inches in some areas.
Highways such as 3, 36, 199, and 299 are expected to be impacted. There is the potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice that may affect travel, according to the National Weather Service.
There is also the potential for mud slides, tree falls, and power going out. Please prepare by having batteries, flashlights, food, water, and blankets.
Check this site or Caltrans Quick Map for road conditions before you travel.