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Friday, December 17, 2010

NWS: FLASH FLOOD WATCH - CENTRAL CALIFORNIA

#CaWx #Alert - FLOOD WATCH - NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY - HANFORD CA - 848 PM PST FRI DEC 17 2010

FLASH FLOOD WATCH
HEAVY RAINFALL THROUGH MONDAY MORNING MAY CAUSE FLOODING ACROSS MUCH OF INLAND CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.
A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS.

What: A SERIES OF PACIFIC WINTER STORMS TAPPING INTO DEEP SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE WILL BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN TO CENTRAL INTERIOR CALIFORNIA. THE HEAVIEST RAIN IS EXPECTED TO FALL BETWEEN SATURDAY MORNING AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

Where: WEST CENTRAL SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY-EAST CENTRAL SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY- SOUTHWESTERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY-SOUTHEASTERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY- MARIPOSA MADERA AND FRESNO COUNTY FOOTHILLS- TULARE COUNTY FOOTHILLS-KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS

When: FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING... THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.

HOW MUCH  RAINFALL: HEAVY RAINFALL IS FORECAST TO OCCUR ACROSS THE AREA. ONE TO AS MUCH AS FOUR INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY WITH THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS FALLING ALONG THE EAST SIDE. IN THE FOOTHILLS AND KERN COUNTY MOUNTAIN RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM 4 TO 8 INCHES MOUNTAINS DUE TO UPSLOPE FLOW.

IMPACTS: FLOODING OR FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE IN THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS AND HIGHER ELEVATIONS THIS WEEKEND FROM EXCESSIVE RUNOFF AND POTENTIAL OVERFLOW ALONG SMALL RIVERS AND STREAMS. ADDITIONALLY...THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR DEBRIS FLOWS AND MUD SLIDES OR ROCK SLIDES. IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...

LOCAL STREET AND HIGHWAY FLOODING IS POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY IN THE URBAN COMMUNITIES AND IN AREAS THAN NORMALLY DRAIN POORLY. ...

THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION. RESIDENTS SHOULD WORK ON CLEARING ANY DEBRIS FROM THEIR PROPERTY.

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