Wet and windy Wednesday

Jan 5, 2016 10:22 PM by Kris Kuyper

Tuesday was a wet one! And while this storm is moving east quickly, another big storm will surge into California on Wednesday!

The jet stream remains aimed at California, and as Tuesday's storm is moving out... Wednesday's storm is ready to roll in! Tuesday's storm soaked us good, with most Valley locations picking up between 1" to 2" of rain. Snow levels were near 3500' in the Siskiyous and near 4500' in the Sierra Nevada, and they shouldn't change much out of Wednesday's storm. Both are from the central Pacific, with a bit of a tap into the warm subtropics, so they're able to deliver a lot of rain. Snow that falls in the Sierra Nevada will be the heavy, wet variety... Sierra cement. But loaded with water!

Wednesday's storm will also have a deeper surface low with it. As that approaches the coastline early Wednesday, look for the south winds to pick up. We'll see 35 to 40 mph gusts in the Valley, especially early. Look for an additional 1/2" to 1" of rain in the Valley, with higher amounts in the mountains... Another wet day!

The rain will turn to just a few scattered showers by Thursday. We'll even see a dry day on Friday, with a little sun!

A new storm will target us for Saturday, and it looks weak... although models are disagreeing a bit about it's strength. For now, I think we'll just see a few light showers, but that's a storm to monitor for changes.

Both Sunday and Monday look dry, and another weak one targets us for Tuesday. Both major models are agreeing upon a big storm heading our way next Wednesday! This is shaping up to be a very nice pattern for us... Relatively big storms (but not big enough to cause major flooding), with a few days break in-between to allow the water to run off or soak in. Fingers crossed it keeps up for a while!


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