Strong Winds & Rain Ahead For Your Wednesday

Feb 17, 2016 10:56 AM by Cort Klopping

Very wet, and windy conditions are ahead for your Wednesday. Rain has already arrived across many portions of the region this morning, and will continue to spread across the north state through the afternoon. Thunderstorms have already popped up in Shasta and Siskiyou Counties early this morning, and the potential for thunderstorms will be ahead for the valley this afternoon. Around an inch of rain is expected in the valley from the approaching system. Foothill areas can expect up to around 2 inches of rain, and over 3 inches of rain will be likely in areas above 4000 feet. Snow levels will only fall to around 6500 feet this afternoon, but are expected to plummet to around 3500 feet tomorrow morning. Temperatures are starting out in the mid 50's to low 60's in the valley, and in the mid 30's to mid 40's in the mountains. Afternoon high temperatures are projected to climb into the mid to high 60's in the valley, and into the high 40's to mid 50's in the mountains. Winds will be a major factor for the north state over the next couple of days. Sustained winds will be up to around 25mph out of the South this afternoon, and gusts will be up to around 45mph.

The heaviest precipitation is expected to arrive this evening, and last through the early morning hours on Thursday. Rain and snow will be a big part of the forecast for Thursday, then a weaker system will bring more showers to the north state on Friday. The rain and strong winds out of the South will continue to be a concern during this time.

Cloudy skies will linger across the region this weekend, but conditions look to stay dry, and temperatures will be warmer than Friday. Skies will clear out from Sunday into Monday, and temperatures will climb back into the low to mid 70's in the valley. I hope everyone is ready for the wet and windy weather ahead for today, and has a wonderful Wednesday!


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