Stormy Tuesday

Jan 4, 2016 10:04 PM by Kris Kuyper

Wet weather returned to the North State on Monday, with plenty more coming our way. We'll stay pretty wet through Wednesday!

Rain moved through on Monday, although it wasn't too much. A stronger storm will arrive late tonight, and soak us with rain through midday Tuesday, turning to showers in the afternoon. There is decent instability with this storm by the afternoon, but the January sun is a weak trigger for thunderstorms... and we won't see too much sun (if any). So there is only a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm in the Valley, but it would be much higher if this was April!

This storm has a decent tap into the subtropics, so it should soak us nicely... 1/2" to 3/4" of rain for the Valley. That will also keep the snow level well above the Ridge... it should be near 3500'.

Another storm will quickly move in by Wednesday. It will also soak us nicely, but doesn't have any kind of instability... so we can rule out thunderstorms. It does have a tighter surface low with it, so it will kick up a gusty south wind in the Valley. Look for 30 to 40 mph gusts with the rain Wednesday. Snow levels shouldn't change.

We'll taper off to just a few scattered showers on Thursday, then we'll dry up Friday (and could actually see sunshine again!) A weak storm will graze us Saturday and give us a slight chance of a shower... but not much. Dry again on Sunday.


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