Mar 18, 2015 9:08 PM by Kris Kuyper
It was sunny and breezy around the North State today. Look for the north winds to subside overnight, and even warmer weather coming tomorrow!
We saw north winds gust 15 to 30 mph in the Sacramento Valley on Wednesday. The surface pressure gradient will weaken overnight, and our winds will diminish. Plenty of sun will warm us up even more tomorrow!
A weak storm will clip northwestern California on Friday evening, and that will be enough to cool us down just a little this weekend. Look for a few clouds as well.
A bigger storm will arrive on Monday. This storm will push a band of rain onshore on Monday. This band won't soak us dramatically, but should give us around 1/4" of rain in the Valley. Snow levels should drop to near 5000' Monday.
The colder, unstable heart of the storm will arrive on Tuesday as the upper level low tracks over us then. That will lower snow levels to near 4000', and destabilize the atmosphere in the lower elevations... which means afternoon thunderstorms are a good bet in the Sacramento Valley. With moderate cold air in place, look for small hail in these storms... Along with the usual brief heavy rain and lightning.
The storm will track south by Wednesday, and behind it a tight surface pressure gradient will set up again. Gusty north winds are possible next Wednesday.
So enjoy the nice weather over the next few days... Next week looks active!