Dec 18, 2014 9:04 PM by Kris Kuyper
Thursday was cloudy but mostly dry around the North State, but that won't be the case Friday. A new storm is targeting us with Valley rain and mountain snow.
Our next storm is due in Friday morning, and should soak us good early with a nice band of rain and mountain snow, then turn to showers by the afternoon. As has been the case most of this winter, there's not much cold air with this storm, so snow levels should stay near 4500'. The Valley is looking at between 1/3" and 2/3" of rain, with the highest amounts in the north end of the Valley, with the lightest towards Marysville and Colusa.
The jet stream will bring in one final shot of moisture Saturday, but with no real dynamics or organization, we may only see a very brief shower in the north, and south of Red Bluff we may see nothing at all. Bottom line, if we do see something Saturday, it won't be much.
High pressure builds into California after that, sending the jet stream northward for a while and giving us a chance to dry out. With ample moisture and high pressure building, fog may be an issue early Sunday morning. A light north wind will develop by the afternoon and that should dry us out enough such that fog won't be an issue next week. With plenty of sun, Valley highs should reach the 60's.
A weak storm may bring us mostly cloudy skies on Christmas Eve, but it's still looking dry. Christmas still looks dry as well.
Long range models are bringing the wet weather back in the last few days of December, however.
The Winter Solstice is at 3:30pm PST on Sunday. That's when winter officially begins. Fall turned out nice and wet!