Apr 22, 2016 10:28 AM by Cort Klopping
Rain, snow, strong South winds, and the potential for afternoon thunderstorms are ahead for your Friday. A band of heavy precipitation has already tracked through the valley, and is currently heading into the Sierra. There is now a second wave of precipitation tracking through the coast, and heading towards the interior of the north state. Close to 3/4 of an inch of rain has already been reported in Redding from the National Weather Service. The latest projections show between a half an inch to 2 inches of rain falling in the valley today. Thunderstorms will be a concern heading into the afternoon, and could be accompanied by hail, stronger precipitation, and very strong gusts of wind out of the South. Sustained winds will be between 10 to 30mph out of the South, and gusts are projected to be up to 40mph. There is a Wind Advisory in place for the valley through 5pm this evening. Snow levels are expected to fall to around 5000' to 5500' in the Sierra this afternoon. Areas above 6000' could get up to 7 inches of snow, with the highest peaks getting up to around a foot. A Winter Weather Advisory will be in place for the Northern Sierra until 8pm tonight.
Dry and mild conditions will return for the weekend. Clouds will fluctuate between partly to mostly cloudy over the next couple of days, and temperatures will climb back into the low 70's for the valley. There will be a very modest chance for precipitation lingering into your weekend, but more wet weather after Friday night does not look very likely. Skies will be clearing towards the beginning of next week, but temperatures are not expected to change much compared to the weekend. I hope everyone stays safe in the severe conditions ahead for the north state today, and has a fantastic Friday!
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