Jan 1, 2016 10:13 PM by Kris Kuyper
It was a mix of sun and clouds with chilly temperatures on this New Year's Day around the North State. We'll see more of that this weekend, but wet weather returns next week!
2016 started out cold for us! Temperatures warmed slowly today under a mix of sun and clouds, and we'll do that again tomorrow. A storm in the Pacific will approach California and bring rain to the coast by Sunday, but as it encounters weakening high pressure and a dry airmass over the North State, the rain shouldn't make it here. It will pave the way for additional storms to blast us with rain next week, however.
With high pressure now broken down, a weak storm will bring us showers on Monday. A more potent storm will arrive Tuesday, soaking us nicely. We'll finish up the week with weaker storms that will still get us wet. These storms are all from the central Pacific (not the Gulf of Alaska), so they'll be warmer. That means higher snow levels... they should be at or above 3500' next week, mostly above that level.
On the Ridge, Jarbo Gap winds have been roaring down the Feather River Canyon (and Little Butte Creek Canyon) the past few nights, and that will continue again tonight. These winds should last until around noon Saturday, then they should die down for good. With the storms coming in next week, they shouldn't return again anytime soon!