Nov 24, 2015 10:33 AM by Cort Klopping
A strong, and cold winter storm is spreading across the north state today. Strong South winds, mountain snow, thunderstorms, and valley rain are all possible over the next 24 hours. Heavy rain has taken hold of the Northern Mountains this morning, and is currently spreading across the valley at 7:00am. Temperatures have stayed relatively warm overnight, but a cold front will push through the region and leave most areas much cooler this afternoon. Snow levels are starting out at around 4000 feet, but will dip to 2000 feet this afternoon. 12 to 18 inches of snow will be possible along the higher peaks, while 2 to 6 inches of snow will be possible down to 2000 feet. Valley areas will get about 1/3 to 1/4 inch of rain today. Temperatures will range from the high 40's to mid 50's in the valley today, and in the high 30's to high 40's in the mountains. Winds will be a big factor today. Sustained winds will be up to around 25mph out of the South, and gusts will be up to around 35mph. Strong winds could cause trees to fall, and power lines may be impacted.
The potential for snow showers will linger into early Wednesday afternoon, but will mostly be in the mountains tomorrow. Snow levels could potentially dip to as low as 1000ft on Wednesday morning. Dry weather will take hold of the region on Wednesday afternoon, and will leave the region under cold and dry conditions for Thanksgiving. Similar weather is in store for Black Friday. Valley temperatures will fall into the high 20's to low 30's overnight from Thursday through the weekend. High temperatures in the valley will stay in the low to mid 50's. The next chance for showers will arrive in the region on Saturday night. I hope everyone stays safe in the strong storm heading through today, and has a great Tuesday!