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West Coast storm moves inland Friday

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RICHMOND, Va. - The major west coast storm system we've been tracking for you is moving inland this Friday morning. This storm has already dumped almost a foot of rain in parts of California, produced wind gusts in the mountains of 135mph (Soda Springs, CA) and is currently well on its way to loading a foot to a foot and a half of snow in the Sierras.

The Weather Prediction Center has the following storm reports:

...SELECTED STORM TOTAL RAINFALL IN INCHES FROM 900 AM PST WED DEC
10 THROUGH 1200 AM PST FRI DEC 12...

...CALIFORNIA...
WHISKEYTOWN 2 ENE                    11.80                    
LAKESHORE SHASTA CO                  11.24                    
BOGGS MOUNTAIN RAWS                  10.24                    
VENADO 7 NNW GUERNEVILLE              9.76                    
GIRARD                                9.32                    
FRENCH GULCH 4 SSW                    8.96                    
SHASTA DAM                            8.88                    
WHISPERING PINES                      8.72                    
STIRLING CITY                         7.83                    
MT. SAINT HELENA                      7.01                    
YORKVILLE                             6.56                    
MCCLOUD 3 S                           6.53                    
PARADISE                              6.37                    
CENTRAL VALLEY 3 SW                   6.02                    
BOONVILLE RAWS                        5.56                    
SANTA MARIA 8 ENE                     1.93                    
EUREKA WFO                            1.16                    
NAPA 2 NNW                            1.12                    

...OREGON...
GOLD BEACH                            2.78                    
SELMA 5 NNE                           2.53                    
OBRIEN 2 SSW                          2.14                    
MERLIN 2 W                            2.11                    
LEES CAMP                             1.90                    
FLORENCE 2 NW                         1.45                    
HASKINS DAM                           1.20                    
DALLAS                                1.11                    

...SELECTED STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL IN INCHES FROM 900 AM PST WED DEC
10 THROUGH 1200 AM PST FRI DEC 12...

...CALIFORNIA...
TWAIN 6 S                             4.0                    

...SELECTED PEAK WIND GUSTS IN MILES PER HOUR EARLIER IN THE
EVENT...

...CALIFORNIA...
SODA SPRINGS 4 SE                    135                    
WHITE MOUNTAIN PEAK NE               113                    
INCLINE VILLAGE 6 NE                 112                    
MAMMOTH LAKES 3 W                    111                    
ALPINE MEADOWS 1 SW                  109                    
GRAPEVINE 3 SSE                       91                    
SIERRAVILLE 5 SSE                     74                    
KEENE 7 SW                            71                    
MT. DIABLO                            68                    
WOODACRE                              63                    
GASQUET 12 SE                         62                    
WEITCHPEC 11 WSW                      60                    
PETROLIA 4 S                          58                    
CRESCENT CITY 1 ESE                   53                    
KNEELAND                              50                    

...NEVADA...
GARDNERVILLE 5 WSW                    93                    
GALENA E                              82                    
CARSON CITY 3 ENE                     76                    
RENO 4 SE                             70                    
SPANISH SPRINGS AIR 3 W               66                    
VERDI 4 E                             63                    

...OREGON...
RUCH 12 S                            117                    
SQUAW PEAK                           117                    
CAYUSE 1 WNW                          95                    
MILTON-FREEWATER 11 ENE               91                    
MT HEBO                               90                    
PORT ORFORD 5 SE                      90                    
TILLAMOOK 15 ESE                      90                    
SEA LION CAVES                        89                    
MARYS PEAK                            88                    
BROOKINGS 1 SE                        81                    
KOOSKOOSKIE 3 WSW                     78                    
SPRAGUE RIVER 12 NNW                  76                    
PENDLETON 10 SE                       75                    
SUTHERLIN 7 ESE                       75                    
ASHLAND 1 ENE                         74                    
PORTLAND ARPT                         67                    

...WASHINGTON...
NASELLE                               77                    
DIXIE                                 64                    
WALLA WALLA                           63                    
CAMANO 2 SSE                          61                    
WAITSBURG                             61                    
FREELAND 2 SSE                        59                    
PORT TOWNSEND 1 SE                    59                    
MCCHORD AFB                           58                    
BANKS                                 56                    

 

By the time the cold front linked to this system reaches us Tuesday, it will no longer carry the rich moisture it is currently drawing in from the Pineapple Express (an atmospheric river of rich moisture traveling from Hawaii to California) off the Pacific. Here, we can expect more cloud-cover Tuesday and only the slimmest chance for a few rain showers. The cold front won't even lead to a significant drop in temperatures next week, with highs staying in the 50s in its wake. CLICK HERE to see our latest local forecast.