First of three storms this week moves through Santa Clarita

By Christina Cox

Last update: Monday, January 9th, 2017

Clouds hang low over the hills in Placerita Canyon on Jan. 9, 2017 after an overnight rainfall. Katharine Lotze/Signal

The biggest storm of the week made its way through the Santa Clarita Valley Sunday night and Monday morning, bringing periods of heavy rainfall to the area.

In total, Del Valle received 0.92 inches of rain, Newhall received 0.67 inches and Saugus received 0.60 inches during the storm, according to National Weather Service (NWS) Meteorologist Robbie Munroe.

Morning commuters were impacted by the wet roadways, which increased traffic along Interstate 5 and Highway 14 as drivers made their way out of SCV.

Some residents in Agua Dulce and Valencia experienced power outages at streetlights and in homes Sunday night and Monday morning due to weather-related equipment damage, according to Southern California Edison’s Outage Center.

Traffic moves southbound on Highway 14 as seen from Placerita Canyon on Monday morning after an overnight rainfall. Katharine Lotze/Signal
Traffic moves southbound on Highway 14 as seen from Placerita Canyon on Monday morning after an overnight rainfall. Katharine Lotze/Signal

A flash flood watch was also issued by the NWS for the recent burn areas Sunday morning and continued until Monday night.

This was only the first storm of the week, with NWS forecasters expecting two additional storms to reach the area Tuesday and Thursday.

Munroe said the NWS estimates an additional half-inch of rain will fall on the area during Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thursday’s storm is expected to be colder with snowfall as low as 4,000 feet.

“Thursday’s system looks colder and we could see snow through the Grapevine corridor,” Munroe said.

NWS forecast expects highs in the mid-50s and lows in the low-40s Thursday.

However, the weekend is expected to be free of storms with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-50s and lows around 40 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Castaic Lake’s reservoir water levels as of midnight Jan. 8. California Department of Water Resources.
Castaic Lake’s reservoir water levels as of midnight Jan. 8. California Department of Water Resources.

The consistent rainstorms are improving Castaic Lake’s reservoir water levels, moving them closer to the reservoir’s historical average.

As of Jan. 8, the water levels are at 60 percent of a capacity of 325,000 acre feet, or 195,633 acre feet, according to the California Department of Water Resources.  The historical average for the reservoir is 75 percent acre feet of water.

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

Clouds hang low over the hills in Placerita Canyon on Jan. 9, 2017 after an overnight rainfall. Katharine Lotze/Signal

First of three storms this week moves through Santa Clarita

The biggest storm of the week made its way through the Santa Clarita Valley Sunday night and Monday morning, bringing periods of heavy rainfall to the area.

In total, Del Valle received 0.92 inches of rain, Newhall received 0.67 inches and Saugus received 0.60 inches during the storm, according to National Weather Service (NWS) Meteorologist Robbie Munroe.

Morning commuters were impacted by the wet roadways, which increased traffic along Interstate 5 and Highway 14 as drivers made their way out of SCV.

Some residents in Agua Dulce and Valencia experienced power outages at streetlights and in homes Sunday night and Monday morning due to weather-related equipment damage, according to Southern California Edison’s Outage Center.

Traffic moves southbound on Highway 14 as seen from Placerita Canyon on Monday morning after an overnight rainfall. Katharine Lotze/Signal
Traffic moves southbound on Highway 14 as seen from Placerita Canyon on Monday morning after an overnight rainfall. Katharine Lotze/Signal

A flash flood watch was also issued by the NWS for the recent burn areas Sunday morning and continued until Monday night.

This was only the first storm of the week, with NWS forecasters expecting two additional storms to reach the area Tuesday and Thursday.

Munroe said the NWS estimates an additional half-inch of rain will fall on the area during Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thursday’s storm is expected to be colder with snowfall as low as 4,000 feet.

“Thursday’s system looks colder and we could see snow through the Grapevine corridor,” Munroe said.

NWS forecast expects highs in the mid-50s and lows in the low-40s Thursday.

However, the weekend is expected to be free of storms with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-50s and lows around 40 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Castaic Lake’s reservoir water levels as of midnight Jan. 8. California Department of Water Resources.
Castaic Lake’s reservoir water levels as of midnight Jan. 8. California Department of Water Resources.

The consistent rainstorms are improving Castaic Lake’s reservoir water levels, moving them closer to the reservoir’s historical average.

As of Jan. 8, the water levels are at 60 percent of a capacity of 325,000 acre feet, or 195,633 acre feet, according to the California Department of Water Resources.  The historical average for the reservoir is 75 percent acre feet of water.

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.