Powerful El Niño Likely to Bring Heavy Rains to NorCal Areas That Provide Water for the State

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The Climate Prediction Center forecast above-average precipitation for much of California between January and March. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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One of the most powerful El Niños on record continues gathering strength and is looking increasingly likely to bring heavy rains to key Northern California areas that provide water for the rest of the state, according to a new forecast.

There are better odds that the area around Lake Oroville, California’s second-largest reservoir, will have above-normal precipitation — now more than a 40% chance, up from a more than 33% chance in last month’s forecast. San Francisco now has more than a 50% shot of a wetter-than-average winter, up from a more than 40% probability.

Los Angeles continues to have more than a 60% probability of a wet winter during the months of January, February and March.

Here’s some questions and answers about the coming winter.

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