Dec 23, 2015 11:00 AM by Cort Klopping
Mostly dry, cooler, and mild conditions are ahead for the north state in your Wednesday forecast. The decrease in clouds over the last 24 hours has resulted in much cooler temperatures this morning. Valley areas dipped into the mid 30's to mid 40's overnight, and mountain areas are starting out in the mid 20's to high 30's this morning. Afternoon high temperatures will climb into the low to mid 50's for the valley, and into the low 30's to mid 40's in the mountains. There will be a chance for light scattered showers continuing in the Northern Mountains today, and a slight chance for some light snow showers passing into the Sierra. Valley areas will be partly cloudy, with a very low chance for precipitation for the northern zones of the valley. Winds will mostly just be out of the West to 10mph. Today's snow levels are hovering at around 2000 feet.
Rain and snow return to the region overnight tonight, and will continue through your Christmas Eve. Snow levels will dip to as low as 1500 feet, so foothill areas will likely wake up to a white Christmas on Friday morning. Moisture will be limited from the next system, so valley locations will likely see less than a half an inch of rain. 3 to 8 inches of snow will be possible down to 3000 feet, and 1 to 2 feet of snow will be possible down to 7000 feet. Stronger winds will also develop, and the potential for 30 plus mph gusts out of the South will be possible.
Most of the showers will subside by late Thursday night, and mostly dry conditions are expected for Christmas Day. Temperatures will stay cold through the weekend, with valley areas topping out in the high 40's to low 50's in the afternoons, and dipping into the high 20's to low 30's overnight. The next potential for showers will arrive Sunday night into Monday, but moisture amounts do not look impressive. I hope everyone enjoys the mild weather ahead for today, and has a wonderful Wednesday!
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