Southern California mountains see season’s first snow, with another storm forecast for next week
This story was updated at 5:53 p.m.
With the help of forecasters, we know exactly where the storms will hit and when they’ll arrive, providing a unique glimpse into the future.
Forecasts for storms over Southern California in the next week:
• This Thursday through Sunday — the main storm will bring 4 to 12 inches of snow, with up to an inch possible at higher elevations. The main storm track will be east of Interstate 5 about 20 miles north of Lake Isabella.
• Friday at 4 p.m. — from the same snow pattern over Interstate 5, the storm will bring 6 to 12 inches of snow to high elevations, and up to a foot possible at lower elevations. (Up to a foot at lower elevations.)
• Saturday at 4 p.m. — another storm will bring 5 to 12 inches and up to a foot possible at lower elevations. The main storm track will be east of Interstate 5 about 15 miles north of Lake Isabella.
• Sunday at 4 p.m. — the main storm will bring from 4 to 12 inches of snow and up to a foot possible at higher elevations. The main storm track will be east of Interstate 5 about 20 miles north of Lake Isabella.
These forecasts are the first, and always the most up-to-date, of their kind. They’re based on computer models and historical weather data, the first of their kind to incorporate global climate predictions and a series of regional weather patterns.
For much of my life, I haven’t really been able to predict weather patterns, until now.
“We’re building models that can simulate the complex global, regional, and local weather,” said Richard F. Hall, director of the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction.
Using the models, Hall and his team of scientists and forecasters have been able to track down a system of storms that’s been brewing for months, waiting for the right mix of weather conditions to form. In other words, the storms.
Hall said forecasters know exactly where and when a storm will hit,