The line from the song “The Lady is a Tramp” finally has become the truth and nothing but the truth.
On Monday, the second major storm system was battering California and other parts of the West Coast.
It was unleashing strong winds, heavy rain and massive amounts of mountain snow.
The drought that has cut down on the state’s water supply in the past few years has been drowned in welcome amounts of H2O.
Most of the state has already seen 200 to 400-plus percent of normal precipitation over the past week. All this moisture has translated to over six feet of new snow in parts of the Sierra Mountain range — and it’s still falling.
One of the biggest storm stories is incredible mountain snow in the Sierra Nevada. This comes after a similar storm onslaught in mid-January. The Sierra is now above normal for snowfall, which is certainly good news for the region’s water supply.
The Southern California mountains are also picking up big totals.
So far, Mammoth Mountain in the central Sierra has picked up as much as 81 inches. And the snow continued to fall at a rate of several inches per hour on Monday. Many nearby areas received three to four feet from these storms.
A blizzard warning remained in effect through late Monday night for the mountain chain. The Weather Service office in Reno warns “Strong winds will produce zero visibility and whiteout conditions along with high drifting snow.” It advised no travel because of “a dangerous and life threatening situation.”
Eight feet of snow is the general expectation from the snow events above 7,000 feet, which means some spots could approach 10 feet. The heavy snow comes in tandem with wind as high at 100 mph on ridges and to around 50 mph lower, in the mountains.
Once the storm system moves out by midweek, another seems likely to drop into the Pacific northwest late in the work week, possibly delivering more rain and snow to the region.
Details become less certain further out in time, but a pattern that could remain wetter than normal seems probable into the mid-month of beyond.
At least Californians will not be worried about drought conditions.