Southern California was hit by the wettest winter in years.
The snowpack, an important measurement of the state’s water supply, looks great.
And in mid-May — two months after the official end of winter — the rain and snow just keep coming.
California was clobbered this week by another storm, which dumped snow on the Sierra and set rain records in the Southland.
More winter conditions are on tap for parts of Northern California this weekend, and the National Weather Service predicts colder-than-average temperatures for the entire state next week.
There also is a chance of more showers in Southern California in the coming days, which could bring up to half an inch of precipitation to some areas, according to the weather service.
May storms are far from unheard of, but experts said what we saw this week was unusual.
“In April, we’d have low-pressure systems move through and instead of bringing a lot of rain, they’d barely give us anything,” said Lisa Phillips, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “This system is a little different in that we are getting significant moisture with it. It’s definitely out of the norm.”
The low-pressure system comes on the heels of an extremely wet winter in California. A series of atmospheric river storms that hit during the winter months bolstered the snowpack, filled reservoirs and streams, and even left the state drought-free for the first time in nearly a decade.
Courtesy of latimes.com