Road closures in the Palm Springs area and rain forecast

Road closures in the Palm Springs area and rain forecast

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A massive storm surge is barreling into the Coachella Valley Sunday evening after flooding coastal communities in what forecasters said will be an extremely dangerous and long-lasting weather event. Accuweather meteorologists warned that as many as 37 million people, about 94% of the state’s population, are at risk of life-threatening flooding from the storm.

Check back here throughout the day for the latest information on rain totals, road closures and weather forecasts.

While heavy rain is expected in the low and high desert late Monday into Tuesday, the surrounding mountains will fall early, with heavy rain likely Sunday night, and heavy snow expected Monday night. About a quarter to a half inch of rain is expected in the western part of the Coachella Valley on Monday and a total of 1 to 1.5 inches through Tuesday. The East Valley is expected to receive three-quarters of an inch of rain.

San Jacinto Mountain is expected to receive up to 3 feet of snow and San Gorgonio a little more.

Rain chances decrease across the Coachella Valley by Wednesday but spotty showers may occur through the end of the week.

A flood watch is in effect for Coachella Valley cities

A flood watch is in effect from noon Sunday until 4 a.m. Tuesday for the Coachella Valley and much of the Inland Empire. Meteorologists warned of the possibility of excessive runoff that could lead to flooding of rivers, streams and other low-lying areas.

– City News Service

Road closures across the Coachella Valley

No storm-related road closures were reported across the Coachella Valley as of 3 p.m. Sunday.

Riverside County warns of flood risk in unincorporated Thousand Palms area

Riverside County officials on Sunday urged residents in and around the unincorporated Thousand Palms area to prepare to deal with excess runoff, mud and debris flows. The Riverside County Fire Department was providing a limited number of sandbags per household to reduce or prevent damage from floodwaters. Residents were advised to contact the nearest fire department location. For more information, visit

– City News Service

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday declared a state of emergency in eight counties in the state, including Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The emergency declaration includes provisions allowing the California National Guard to respond if mandated, facilitating unemployment benefits for affected residents, and making storm damage repair easier for out-of-state contractors and utilities.

Other counties included in the announcement: Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Ventura.

– City News Service

A rare tornado warning was issued for the Central Coast on Sunday

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a rare hurricane-force wind warning for the Central Coast: Winds of up to 92 mph are possible from the Monterey Peninsula to the northern section of San Luis Obispo County.

Why is this storm so dangerous?

The first “Pineapple Express” storm drenched the state with 1-6 inches of rain on Wednesday and Thursday. Forecasters said the new storm is carrying more moisture, creating dangerous and deadly conditions in already saturated areas. Some of the wettest areas could get a foot or more of rain in just 48 hours, Accuweather said.

What is Pineapple Express?

A Pineapple Express is the most well-known nickname for an atmospheric river, which occurs when the source of moisture is near Hawaii. When the Pineapple Express hits the ground in the western United States and Canada, it dumps heavy rain and snow. In California, it can result in several inches of rain per day.

Contributing: Doyle Rice, USA TODAY; Associated Press

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