Convergence of Signs

Storm onslaught to bombard California with flooding rain, mountains of snow through Thursday. Relentless storms hitting California this winter.

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a women experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period

… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).

… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)

… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)

… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency, size and duration prior to giving birth. End of note.

Storm onslaught to bombard California with flooding rain, mountains of snow through Thursday. Relentless storms hitting California this winter.

kristina.pydynowski. AccuWeather•January 13, 2019

The threat for flooding and mudslides is expected to ramp up across California as the train of storms with heavy rain, mountain snow and gusty winds persists this week.

There will be no day from Monday to at least Thursday when a significant part of California is not being affected by a storm rolling in from the Pacific Ocean.

Each storm will bring an increasing risk of flooding and mudslides as snow further buries and makes travel difficult in the mountains.

Burn scar areas will be most susceptible to devastating debris flows, and residents living in these areas should heed all evacuation orders by officials. Flooding and mudslides may not be limited to these communities.

Rainfall totals of all the storms from the weekend through this week can range from 4-8 inches along the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada and the northern Coast Ranges, as well as the south- and southwest-facing slopes of the mountains surrounding Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

In the hardest-hit areas, there can be an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 15 inches.

“San Diego will likely receive between 1 and 3 inches of rain this week,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson. “The city averages 1.98 inches for the entire month of January.”

“In the mountains, there can be at least a couple yards of snow in the high country of the central and southern Sierra,” Sosnowski added.

After a brief break in the storms on Sunday, Southern California will bear the brunt of the next storm on Monday.

Downpours and time for greatest travel delays is expected to spread from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles and San Diego Monday afternoon into the first half of Monday night.

California Department of Transportation warned motorists that the Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) may be shut down at anytime due to the risk of flooding and mudslides around the Woolsey Fire burn area in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Even in the absence of flooding and mudslides, commuters should prepare for slow travel, reduced visibility and a heightened risk of hydroplaning on Interstates 5, 10, 15 and other area highways.

Snow in the mountains north of Los Angeles can total up to a foot above 5,000 feet with this storm. While that will be a boon for the ski resorts, increasingly gusty winds can make mountain travel extremely difficult to impossible.

The storm is expected to be a mostly rain event for the Grapevine corridor of I-5, but a heavier burst of snow coating Tejon Pass cannot be ruled out.

The main hazard motorists can face through the Grapevine is a long-duration of strong southeasterly winds, which will commence before the end of the weekend.

As this storm pivots inland, it can bring a period of locally heavy rain to the desert areas from Palm Springs and Needles, California, to Las Vegas and to Kingman, Arizona, on Monday night. Some rain can reach Phoenix on Tuesday as snow returns to Flagstaff.

On the heels of this storm, more rain and mountain snow can push into California from Tuesday into Tuesday night. If this storm develops to its full potential, there can be heavy rain along the slopes of the mountains around Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

Most of the state may be affected by the storm set to slam onshore from Wednesday to Thursday.

“That storm has the potential to drop several inches of rain in the foothills east of the Sacramento Valley,” Thompson said. “That includes the area devastated by the Camp Fire, which will enhance the risk for flooding and mudslides.”

It is during this storm when the most difficult travel conditions are anticipated along I-80’s Donner Summit due to heavy and wind-driven snow. Motorists should anticipate potential restrictions and closures.

The storm onslaught on California is anticipated to wane next weekend with a turn toward drier weather for the final week of January.

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