Dec 10, 2015 10:52 AM by Cort Klopping
Very wet and windy conditions are ahead for your Thursday forecast. Winds have already been a huge factor for the north state overnight. Gusts have peaked at 51mph out of the South in the Redding area overnight, and the rest of the valley has had gusts between 36mph to 47mph out of the South recorded since midnight. Higher elevations have had some areas with gusts upwards of 40mph out of the South, but could see gusts upwards of 55mph out of the South today. Winds will not be as strong this afternoon, but could still cause issues across the area. Waves of heavy rain have tracked through the region early this morning, and much more wet weather will be possible across the region through this afternoon. A Winter Storm Warming is in place for the Sierra and Cascade ranges until 4am on Friday. Snow levels will fall down to around 4000 feet later today as the cold front pushes through the region. Areas above 7000 feet could get 1 to 2 feet of snow, and 6-12inches of snow will be possible down to 5000 feet. Rain will be on and off for the lower elevations throughout the day. Areas above 2000 feet could get between 2 to 4 inches of rain, and valley areas can expect about an inch to an inch and a half of precipitation.
Mostly cloudy skies and light showers will be ahead for your Friday forecast. Winds will not be as strong as today. The next wet system will bring rain and snow to the region on Saturday, and Sunday. Snow levels will be lower with the next system and will bottom out between 3000 to 3500 feet.
Cloudy but dry conditions are expected for the start of next week. High temperatures will not change much but overnight low temperatures will fall by about 10 degrees compared to the next several days. I hope everyone stays safe in the active weather today, and has a great Thursday!