Jan 21, 2016 10:57 AM by Cort Klopping
Areas of dense valley fog, cloudy skies, and mostly mild conditions are ahead for your Thursday. Fog has limited visibility to around a half a mile from Oroville to the South this morning. Areas to the North have had limited fog development. Temperatures have only dipped into the mid to high 40's in the valley overnight, and into the high 20's to low 40's in the mountains. High temperatures are projected to climb into the high 50's to low 60's this afternoon in the valley, and into the mid 40's to mid 50's in the mountains. Winds are expected to be light, but some areas will have winds up to around 10mph out of the South.
Rain and snow will return to the region late tonight into early Friday morning. Snow levels are projected to start out between 5000 to 6000 feet, but will drop to around 4000 feet by Saturday morning. The approaching wet system is expected to drop between a half an inch to two inches of rain in the valley over the next 48 hours. Mountain areas will have the potential for 1 to 2 feet of snow above 6000 feet, with up to 3 feet possible along the highest peaks. The wet weather will cross the north state in 2 distinct waves. The first wave will arrive late tonight, and last through the early afternoon Friday. That wave will have higher snow levels, but impressive moisture early in the morning on Friday. The second wave will arrive Friday night, and is expected to drop snow levels down to around 4000 feet. The wet weather will persist into Saturday, before fizzling out on Saturday night.
Dry weather is ahead for the region on Sunday, and current projections are keeping the region mostly dry through the middle of next week. Monday is currently projected to be very foggy, so commuters will want to keep tabs on the latest forecast updates for Monday morning. I hope everyone enjoys the mild conditions ahead for today, and has a great Thursday.