Colder Halloween storm on the way

Oct 29, 2014 9:10 PM by Kris Kuyper

High pressure warmed us up nicely around the North State on Wednesday, with Valley highs reaching 80. Look for another warm day Thursday.

Big changes arrive just in time for Halloween, however. High pressure gives way to a cold storm from the North Pacific. Low pressure will push a decent band of rain into the North State Friday morning & early afternoon. Then the rain should become more showery as the cold, unstable low moves onshore. This will give us the chance of late afternoon/early evening thunderstorms in the Valley. Any thunderstorms we see will contain brief heavy rain, lightning and probably small hail. Snow levels will start around 6000' in the mountains, but drop to near 4500' by early Saturday morning. The low will be a slow mover, so we'll still have a chance at a shower on Saturday (and maybe even an afternoon thunderstorm again). The low will finally move east by Saturday night, and with skies clearing, look for a cold night! Valley lows in the upper 30's, with mountain lows in the 20's. Perhaps even a bit colder Sunday night.

High pressure will build back next week, warming us back up some.


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