Dec 9, 2015 9:58 PM by Kris Kuyper
A little bit of rain moved through the North State on Wednesday, but a much bigger storm is coming early Thursday. We'll see good rain and gusty winds, with another pretty big storm coming Sunday!
A nicely developing storm in the Pacific will move onshore late tonight, with heavy rain for the mountains, and decent rain in the Valley. We may see a bit of a rain-shadow effect from the strong jet stream roaring over the Coast Range, but the mountains should get a good soaking, which will begin to fill those reservoirs. This is another warm storm, so snow levels will start near 6000' but drop to near 5000' by Thursday afternoon. Still pretty high.
Deep low pressure with this storm will kick up strong southerly winds, with 40 to 45 mph gusts in the Valley late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. These winds will diminish through the day Thursday, as will the rain.
A few showers are possible Friday morning, but not much. We'll stay dry until Saturday evening, when our next big storm will arrive.
That next storm looks similar in strength to tomorrow's storm, with both gusty winds and good rain (especially in the mountains). It should be a wet and windy Sunday!
Models dry us out for a bit after that, although there's a chance at more wet weather late next week.