190,000 Californians without power, bracing for more

The latest atmospheric river has brought a powerful low pressure system to the Southeast, causing widespread power outages across California.

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A powerful low-pressure system in the Southeast will continue to bring high winds, heavy rain, and heavy mountain snow to California and adjacent areas as the latest in a series of atmospheric rivers impacts the West.

As of late Tuesday, over 190,000 customers are without power across California, according to data from

According to the NWS, the storm is forecast to advance across the Intermountain West, bringing “heavy snowfall across large areas of the Great Basin and into the higher terrain of the central and southern Rockies going through early Thursday.”

High wind warnings remain in effect across the region, with southwest winds of 30-50mph and strong gusts of 60-80mph in some areas. The NWS warns that the strong winds may down trees and powerlines. They also urged that drivers be very cautious as travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.

Locally, several inches of rainfall may cause “rapid runoff, flooding, and mudslides given the already wet, saturated soil conditions,” while heavy snowfall of 3 to 4 feet is expected at higher elevations.

Meanwhile, the NWS warns that the Southern Plains may see “thunderstorms capable of hail, some very large, and damaging gusts” on Thursday and Friday.

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helpPrimary sources where the above facts were found.
WPC’s Short Range Public Discussion
WWA Summary for High Wind Warning
National Weather Service on Twitter
National Weather Service on Twitter
United States Power Outage Map
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