DISCUSSION: After the first battering from the Western Pacific's moisture plume, California and the Western United States are battening down the hatches as the second round of precipitation, storms and wind makes its way into the area.
As the Pineapple Express brings more storms to the area, Tuesday afternoon and evening is likely to be filled with gusty winds and precipitation. Models and current radar are indicating that the heaviest of precipitation will fall in Northern California and Coastal Ranges expecting rain with a great potential of more flooding in the North Bay and into the Monterey Bay region.
In addition to the presence of the Atmospheric River, the synoptic pattern favors an upper level low and surface low to the Northwest while a cold front associated with this pattern moves into the immediate area tonight. Precipitation will range from .5-2 inches for most but locally heavier in the ranges. Some parts of the Sierras are expected to see 7-10 feet with gusts topping nearly 100 miles per hour.
In the past several days many roads have closed due to flooding, such as Highway 1 in Big Sur due to landslides, or various roads in the Carmel Valley region as water has breached levees causing headaches for many.
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~Meteorologist Jessica Olsen