Dec 9, 2014 9:15 PM by Kris Kuyper
Tuesday was a quiet day around the North State, weatherwise. There was a little patchy fog in the morning, and clouds for much of the day. Wednesday will start similar... a little fog possible early, and mostly cloudy skies.
Things will change by afternoon, however. A very powerful storm is developing off the coast, and we'll notice south winds picking up Wednesday afternoon, about 10 to 25 mph. Surface low pressure will deepen explosively Wednesday night, leading to those winds picking up quickly. We should be seeing 60 to 65 mph gusts in the Valley by sunrise Thursday! The low will continue northward to Washington by the afternoon, allowing our winds to subside through the day Thursday.
Rain should move in later Wednesday night. This storm has a very impressive plume of moisture with it, an atmospheric river, so we're going to get soaked! Valley totals will be in the 1" to 3" range although an isolated 4" report cannot be ruled out, especially in the far north end of the Valley. The rain should taper off to showers by Thursday evening. This is another mild storm (at least at the start)... Snow levels will be around 5000' on Thursday, then drop to near 4000' by early Friday (but most of the wet weather will be done by then).
We'll see just a few scattered showers and light winds on Friday, and the weekend looks dry. A weak storm will bring us a few showers on Monday.
But the headline is the big storm coming late Wednesday and Thursday. Strong winds may cause power outages, and watch for localized ponding of water and possible flooding!
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