The atmospheric river that is already dumping heavy rain across parts of northern and central California is set to bring "one of the most dramatic weather days in recent memory" to Los Angeles, according to the National Weather Service.
The rainfall forecast in Southern California continues to increase as the system begins to move into the area.
Downtown Los Angeles is forecast to see over 6 inches of rain through Tuesday, while surrounding areas can see anywhere from 5-10 inches.
Putting this in context: The average annual rainfall for Los Angeles is 12.23 inches, meaning that nearly half a year's worth of rain could fall in the next 48 hours. Combined with the 2.49 inches that fell in the city on February 1, Los Angeles could potentially receive almost a year's worth of rain in the first week of February alone.
Other hazards: Landslides, flash flooding, falling trees, power outages and high waves are all concerns in areas experiencing high rainfall rates. Rising river levels will also contribute to flash flooding and pose a risk of drowning for anyone near the channel area. Some locations at higher altitudes will be impacted by heavy snow and "may be shut off for a day or two with heavy snow covering access roads," adds the weather service.
Local officials in Los Angeles are urging people living in affected areas to stay off the roads through at least Monday morning and to heed any evacuation orders.