Powerful Storm to Impact the West Coast

A powerful storm that is currently situated over the Pacific Ocean will move onshore tomorrow and bring high winds, heavy rain, and significant snowfall (at higher elevations) to portions of the west coast. An associated cold front will begin to slam Washington, Oregon, and California with high winds and heavy precipitation tomorrow.

High wind warnings are in effect for most of California, Oregon, and coastal Washington as widespread wind gusts of 40-55 mph are expected tomorrow. Locations at higher elevations could see wind gusts in excess of 70 mph. Check out this map from the NWS showing predicted wind gusts at 7am PST tomorrow

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Courtesy: NWS

Heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue to barrage the west coast on Friday as well. This map from the WPC displays forecast precipitation totals through 6am Saturday morning.

Day 1-3 QPF valid from 6am today until 6am Saturday (Courtesy: WPC)

The heavy rain in California will be welcomed as the state has been plagued by drought this year.