More rain this week

Dec 7, 2015 10:26 PM by Kris Kuyper

Mostly cloudy but mainly dry around the Valley on Monday. The dry weather won't last long; more rain is coming this week!

Plenty of cloud cover around the North State on Monday, but the rain stayed mostly in Trinity & Siskiyou counties today. Look for areas of fog overnight, lasting into Tuesday morning... Once that burns off, we should enjoy partly cloudy skies and a mild day.

The dry weather ends on Wednesday, as a weak storm will bring us light rain... but not very much. A much stronger storm is due in on Thursday. Valley rain totals should be between 1/2" and 1 1/2" of rain, with strong southerly winds that will gust to near 40 mph! This storm is yet again from the central Pacific, riding in on a strong jet stream that's flowing across the Pacific without much amplification... Much more "El Nino like" than the cold but dry storms we had in November. Snow levels should start near 6000' on Thursday, but will drop to near 4500' by Thursday night/Friday morning.

The Valley rain/mountain snow should end early Friday, and we'll get a brief break. Models are having difficulty with Saturday, as the GFS wants to soak us yet again, while the Euro is keeping us completely dry. I'm leaning towards the Euro solution, but a little wet weather is possible. A soaking seems like a stretch for Saturday.

But not for Sunday. Both models are agreeing upon another wet and windy storm coming our way, and this one could be just a bit colder... good news for you skiiers & snowboarders!

So, enjoy tomorrow's dry weather. It won't last long!


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