Dec 8, 2015 10:19 AM by Cort Klopping
Morning fog, partly cloudy skies, and mild conditions are ahead for your Tuesday forecast. Temperatures have only dipped into the high 40's to low 50's in the valley overnight, and into the low 30's to mid 40's in the mountains. Afternoon high temperatures are projected to climb into the low to mid 60's for the valley, and into the 52 to 58 degree range in the mountains. Fog has limited visibility to between 3 to 5 miles for most of the north state, which is an improvement compared to 24 hours ago. There will be a slight chance for showers in the mountains today, but the wet weather will more than likely hold off until tomorrow. Today's winds will be light, but some areas could be up to 10mph out of the South. Some clearing is ahead for the valley this afternoon, and that will result in partly cloudy skies.
Showers will return to the region on Wednesday, and winds will begin to pick up. Showers will be modest, with a much more potent system bringing higher amounts to the region on Thursday. Winds will be sustained to 25mph out of the South for the region on Wednesday and Thursday. Gusts will be up to around 35mph out of the South in the valley, and gusts upwards of 50mph out of the South will be possible for the mountains. From Wednesday through Friday morning valley areas could see between 1 to 1.5 inches of rain, and mountain areas will get between 2 to 4 inches of rain. 18 to 24 inches of snow will be possible at pass levels from Wednesday morning through Friday morning. 4 to 8 inches of snow will be possible down to 5000 feet. The highest peaks of the Sierra and Cascade ranges could get as much as 2 to 3 feet of snow.
Showers will taper off on Friday morning, and most areas will stay dry until Saturday morning. Showers will be possible for the northern zones of the state on Saturday, before more significant moisture returns to the entire region again on Sunday. I hope everyone enjoys the dry weather ahead for today, and has a great Tuesday!