Because it is a deep tap of warm subtropical moisture that extends over the Pacific to Hawaii, the new atmospheric river type is known as a “Pineapple Express.” It was anticipated that northern and central California would suffer the most damage.
Forecasters stated that the high-altitude snowpack should be able to absorb the rain. However, melting and runoff will occur at elevations below 1,219 m. The threat of flooding was described as “moderate” by the National Weather Service.
The storm was predicted to dump a lot of snow at high altitudes, up to 2.4 meters in some places.
On April 1, when it is typically at its highest point, California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack, which accounts for about a third of the state’s water supply, is more than 180 percent below average.
Residents in the Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges are still struggling to dig out days after earlier storms due to the amount of snow that has fallen.
Cars were buried, roads were blocked, and roofs gave way. Beginning on March 1, Governor Gavin Newsom declared emergencies in 13 of the 58 counties of California.
A late-February storm that was east of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino Mountains became a blizzard. Lake Arrowhead and other mountain communities were buried.
As a crew shoveled his driveway on Wednesday, resident Alan Zagorsky, 79, stated, “We’ve been through many a snowstorm but nothing of this amount, that’s for sure.” They are currently looking for a place to store this stuff.
Don Black observed as a team of shovelers cleared his neighbor’s property in Crestline, which was nearby.