Mar 17, 2015 9:04 PM by Kris Kuyper
Skies cleared just in time for St. Patrick's Day, and our temperatures warmed up nicely. Look for additional warming the next few days before we cool down and bring wet weather back early next week.
The moisture that had been hanging around the North State the past few days finally pushed south today, and we enjoyed sunshine and warm weather. As high pressure builds, our temperatures will warm even more over the next few days... Valley highs will be near 80 by Thursday!
Spring begins Friday (the Vernal Equinox is at 3:45 pm, Pacific Time), and that's when we'll start to cool back down. Temperatures will drop a bit over the weekend as high pressure weakens just a little.
A potent Spring storm arrives on Monday. It will push a band of wet weather through us then, although it doesn't look like a big soaker... just showers. Then cold, unstable low pressure moves in on Tuesday. This will lower snow levels to near 4000', and destabilize the atmosphere quite a bit. That will lead to afternoon thunderstorms in the Valley! We'll watch this developing storm carefully over the next few days, but if models are correct with their solution for Tuesday, it could be a very active day, weatherwise.