Cold again tonight

Nov 17, 2014 8:55 PM by Kris Kuyper

It was a cold start to our Monday, with Valley temperatures near freezing early. We warmed into the 60's by this afternoon, but under mostly clear skies overnight, Tuesday morning will be almost as cold! We should warm nicely in the afternoon as well, despite the presence of thickening high clouds.

Those clouds are coming from an incoming storm, although the first one looks weak. It will weaken further as it breaks through high pressure over California, so I'm just expecting a few light showers on Wednesday, probably less than 1/10" in the Valley. Snow levels look to be near 6000'. Skies should clear somewhat Wednesday night.

But that's just the first in a series of storms heading our way. Models show a second, somewhat wetter storm to arrive Thursday, especially in the afternoon. That storm should drop snow levels to near 5000.

The last storm in the series is the strongest. It will also have a deeper area of surface low pressure to deal with, so the south winds will gust to 35 mph on Friday. It will get wet by Friday afternoon, but the heart of the storm arrives Friday night (sorry high school football fans!), and showers should linger into Saturday morning. Snow levels should also be near 4500'.

Skies will clear Saturday night, and a developing surface pressure gradient behind this series will kick up a gusty north wind on Sunday. We could see gusts to 35 mph under sunny skies. Those winds will die down Sunday night.

So... busy weather ahead! And some good rain.


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