A weather system known as a atmospheric river is set to impact the West Coast this week. The weather event will bring with it copious amounts of precipitation. Forecasts are calling for many feet of snow in the higher elevations and torrential downpours in the valleys and low lined areas.
Recent storms in the Pacific Northwest have already caused flooding, landslides and massive snowfalls. The latest plume of moisture stretches from the tropical Pacific all the way to Washington and Oregon. On Mount Rainier — elevation 14,000 — NOAA is forecasting up to 178 inches of snow through Friday with snowfall rates that could easily reach 6 inches per hour on today and tomorrow.
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