Stormy Weather in the West with El Nino Rains Possible for California
A stormy weather pattern has developed in the western states over the past week with record rains in the Pacific Northwest and snow in the Sierras, Cascades and Rockies. The graphic below highlights the very heavy precipitation in the Pacific Northwest as well as some heavy snows in the Sierras of California.
The return of cold and snow in the Rockies and High Plains will be a concern for beef producers across Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and the Dakotas this week with more snow, wind and much colder temperatures lasting for most of the week.
Colder temperatures and snow is also headed for Minnesota and portions of the Great Lakes will have some increased chances for lake affect snow later this week as the cold moves east from the Rockies and into the Midwest and Great Lakes.
Unseasonably warm temperatures have covered most of the nation east of the Rockies, however, some colder weather is coming later this week, especially to the Midwest and Great Lakes and New England.
For the remainder of the month, however, expect the coldest temperatures and winter weather to continue to be found from the west coast through the Rockies as a very active weather pattern has developed.
By Christmas week there are hints of a colder and wet weather pattern developing for California. While colder and wet weather has been commonplace the last two weeks in the central and northern areas of California, there are indications of a better chance for rain reaching the southern areas of California and portions of Arizona by next weekend and into Christmas week.
The pattern that is evolving in the coming weeks over the west and California is a pattern we have seen before in other El Nino events where increased rain chances coincide with a more pronounced southerly jet stream pattern.
So, while it may not be a white Christmas in southern California, it may be a wet one!