Flood watch goes up for mountains and foothills. Mt. Pinos could see more than 4 inches


A major storm is headed for central southern California, and the National Weather Service is saying the storm could drop an inch of rain in the Taft area, with much heavier rains in the higher elevations and in the coastal areas.

The strong weather is tapping into a stream of subtropical moisture, and will impact the Taft area starting late Tuesday night and continuing through Thursday.

The NWS has already issued a flood watch for the mountains and foothills from Kern County north, including the San Emigdios, foothills to the south, and the Grocer Grade area.

NWS forecasters referred to the coming storm as a once in every 5 to 10 year event Monday morning.

Taft can expect to see an inch to inch-and-a-half of rain from the storm, beginning to affect the area by Tuesday afternoon.

The projected rainfall was adjusted from Sunday when up to 2 inches of rain was forecast.

Other nearby areas could see much, much more.

The NWS Los Angeles office said could see 3 inches and Mt. Pinos up to 4.7 inches of rain.
The major effect will be felt overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, and continuing through Wednesday night.

Here is the breakdown on what to expect at the height of the storm:

•Tuesday night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 66. East southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

•Wednesday: Rain. High near 66. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

• Wednesday night:  Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 57. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

• Thursday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 66. East southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Skies are expected to begin clearing on Friday, and remain  fair to partly cloudy through the weekend.