Mar 20, 2015 9:05 PM by Kris Kuyper
Clouds rolled into the North State on this first day of Spring, but the rain will stay mainly to our north. The next storm should bring rain for everyone early next week, however!
High pressure is weakening, but still strong enough to deflect much of a Pacific storm to our north. We saw clouds and a few showers near the coast, but the heart of this storm will move into the Pacific Northwest. Saturday should be partly cloudy and mild.
The clouds will thicken again on Sunday ahead of our next storm. Look for light rain from this storm to move in around dinnertime Sunday, lasting into Monday morning. Amounts look pretty light from this weak Spring storm... However, it does have some cool air with it. Snow levels should drop to near 4500' by early Monday morning. The light rain will turn to showers Monday, and we could fire a few afternoon thunderstorms off in the Valley. At this point, it's far from a good set-up, so thunderstorms shouldn't be too strong... although small hail remains a possibility due to the cool air aloft.
The atmosphere stabilizes a bit on Tuesday, although there will still be plenty of cloud cover... so a stray shower is still possible. Skies clear Tuesday night, and a gusty north wind will set up as the pressure gradient over California tightens... The Valley could see 30 mph gusts.
The winds diminish Wednesday night, and high pressure returns which will send Valley temperatures back into the 80's by Thursday.
A bit of everything coming our way in the first week of Spring!