California residents could finally have peace of mind heading into the Thanksgiving holiday as meteorologists are predicting rainfall across the state next week.
According to Accuweather, California could see precipitation as early as this weekend or beginning of next week, which will provide much-needed moisture to the wildfire-struck region.
Accuweather President Joel N. Myers said, however: ‘While there is a chance for some meaningful rainfall next week, it is unlikely that we will see enough precipitation to end the fires across Southern California.
‘There is a somewhat better chance for enough rainfall to diminish the fires in Northern California.’
A pair of storms is currently forming across the Pacific Ocean.
The Bay Area is expected to receive one inch of rain by next Friday, while areas of Southern California are could receive half an inch, according to Mercury News.
The Weather Channel is predicting a 40 percent chain of rain for San Francisco and Los Angeles – with the rain expected to fall in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day and continue into Tuesday. In LA, the rain is predicted to fall Wednesday and last through Friday.
Meteorologists are predicting rainfall across the wildfire-struck state for Thanksgiving. Tape marks a spot where sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of a Camp Fire victim on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, in Paradise
A cadaver dog searches through properties as search and rescue crews look for human remains in Paradise on November 14
Rescuers are seen working among debris after the wildfire in Paradise, California on November 13
A rescuer works among debris after the wildfire in Paradise, California on Tuesday
Steve Anderson, forecaster with the National Weather Service, told Mercury News by mid-week there will likely be ‘a change in wind direction ahead of the cold front.’
Anderson said: ‘The smoke should be blown out by then. The smoke will be blown to the northeast, to Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Canada.
‘The amount of rain and where it will fall the most is still up in the air, but things are looking pretty good.
‘The humidity will go way up – it will help lay down the fire and help the fire crews to make faster progress on it.’
With scores of people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California’s deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the ruins of a community completely destroyed by the flames.
Maps released by NASA on November 13 show burned areas of California Woolsey and Camp fires
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined Governor Jerry Brown on a visit to the leveled town of Paradise, telling reporters it was the worst fire devastation he had ever seen.
‘Now is not the time to point fingers,’ Zinke said. ‘There are lots of reasons these catastrophic fires are happening.’
He cited warmer temperatures, dead trees and the poor forest management.
Brown, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump’s policies, said he spoke with Trump, who pledged federal assistance.
‘This is so devastating that I don’t really have the words to describe it,’ Brown said, saying officials would need to learn how to better prevent fires from becoming so deadly.
About 7,700 homes were destroyed when flames hit Paradise, a former gold-mining camp popular with retirees, on November 8. The death toll across the state has risen to 51.
Wildfire burns in Oroville, California on November 13. The death toll across the state has risen to 51
Home owners talk with firefighters about their damage home in Point Dume, Malibu Tuesday morning