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West Coast to face another round of rain, mountain snow by late week


After rounds of storms and high-elevation snow during the middle of the week, Californians will only get a brief glimpse of the sun before another storm slams into the state by Friday.

A wet week is in store for the much of the region as drenching rain that began early this week is expected to continue through Wednesday.

While residents are no stranger to the threats of heavy precipitation this season, it is important to be wary of the life-threatening hazards it can bring.

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A brief break from the storms will occur on Thursday for California and much of Oregon and Washington, with dry weather and peaks of sun in the forecast.

However, rain and wind is expected to slam into the coast again on Thursday evening, first impacting areas from the San Francisco Bay to Puget Sound.

“Another storm will move into the West Coast to end the week and lead to a wet commute to and from work from Seattle to San Francisco on Friday,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

With rounds of drenching rain expected to last into Friday night in these areas, a significant precipitation event is in the works.

“Rainfall amounts could exceed 1 inch from western Washington and Oregon to Northern California, with up to 3 inches across Northern California,” said Rathbun.

By Friday afternoon, wet weather is expected to spread inland to Boise, Idaho and Reno, Nevada.

This area of the country has received plenty of rain this season, and localized flooding and mudslides will again be a threat.

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“Seattle and Portland, Oregon, have already exceeded their normal rainfall for March as rain has fallen in these cities almost every day this month,” said Rathbun.

Drivers should be careful to avoid flooded roadways and areas susceptible to mudslides.

After Friday, precipitation is expected to taper off as it continues its trek inland and to the south.

“Rain from this storm will make it to Southern California by Saturday,” said Rathbun.

While California’s drought has all but ended, any rain is still welcome as the dry season quickly approaches, Rathbun explained.