Rain returns to area, but not as bad as last week

Peninsula Premier Admin

MONTEREY — Rain is returning to Monterey County for a few days, but weather officials say it shouldn’t echo the damage of last week’s event.

Last week, the atmospheric river event caused mudslides, power outages, and other damage in the county.

The upcoming weather event will be milder and meteorologists expect it will only yield about a quarter to half an inch of rain over the next couple of days. A cold front coming in from the Pacific Northwest is pushing cooler precipitation onshore.

“This is going to be a moderate rain event, not nearly as intense as the atmospheric river event that we saw a few days ago,” says Jeff Lorber, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. “It’s a beneficial rain event.”

The rain is expected to begin Tuesday night and continue into Wednesday morning. In January, the Monterey area collected a little more than four inches of rain. Lorber predicts there won’t be enough rain in the next few days to push the two-month total over five inches

Lorber also said he expected most rain would fall in the areas along the Big Sur coast and other places in high elevations.

This event is not expected to exacerbate or cause any major issues like the last event. Nor is there expected to be any major flooding, like seen in Carmel Thursday.

“There could be some minor run-off, like puddles and small urban flooding,” Lorber says.

Though the next couple of days will be wet, the longer-term weather forecast predicts warmer temperatures and drier conditions. Lorber says the temperatures will begin to increase on Wednesday.

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament from Feb. 10-14 is expected to be in the clear to go with good weather.

Last week’s atmospheric river “was definitely one of the strongest events that we’ve had in the last few years,” said Lorber. But he says people have no reason to be concerned about re-experiencing the issues of the last event in the next couple of days.

“It looks like we’re going to be entering a dry period,” says Lorber. “At least through the weekend and probably into early next week.”

Contributed by local news sources

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