Wet and windy weather Wednesday morning

Jan 12, 2016 9:27 PM by Kris Kuyper

The first in a series of big storms will move into the North State early Wednesday morning, with rain & gusty winds. And there's plenty more coming into next week!

Our day started out sunny, but clouds rolled in by the afternoon in advance of our next Pacific storm. Look for rain to arrive tonight after midnight, lasting into Wednesday morning... turning to showers after that. There's a slight chance of a Valley thunderstorm Wednesday afternoon, as a little bit of instability moves in... but only a slight chance. This storm is pulling moisture in from the subtropics, so it's warm & wet. Most Valley locations should see close to 1/2" of rain, although Redding will be much higher... perhaps up to 1"! The gusty south winds will be the reason Redding will get so much more rain... as the wet weather is pushed northward by the gusty winds, it has to rise over the Siskiyous. That lifting motion squeezes extra rain/snow from the clouds, soaking Redding. Speaking of winds, look for south winds gusting 30 to 40 mph in the Valley from this storm, peaking around sunrise on Wednesday. Snow levels should be near 4500' in the Sierra Nevada... a little higher than other recent storms.

Thursday will start quiet, but a new storm will bring us light rain by the afternoon & Thursday evening. It's a smaller storm, and by Friday we'll just have a few scattered showers... not much left.

Yet another storm will arrive Saturday, soaking us good again! Sunday has a chance of a few showers as well, so this weekend is looking wet... especially Saturday.

Next week has potential to be really wet. Models still aren't agreeing completely, but they are bringing more rain in next Monday and Tuesday. One model continues to really soak us, while the other isn't as aggressive. It's still a ways out, but definitely something to monitor.

Overall, it'll be a wet next seven days for us!


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