Cool & Dry Tomorrow,Storm Approaches this Weekend

Avoid travel plans this weekend across the mountains, with anywhere from 4 to 18 inches of snow possible across the Sierra and strong gusty winds expected.

Posted: Jan 2, 2019 5:30 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2019 7:01 AM

Over the next few days we're staying dry with chilly nights and near normal daytime temperatures.

Wet weather will be returning this weekend through at least the middle of next week with mountain travel impacts likely.

We're still under a high pressure ridge over the west coast.

Fair skies this morning with lighter winds than 24 hours ago allowed much cooler early morning temperatures today.

Temperatures should warm up today reaching highs just a bit above normal although lighter winds should make it feel a little warmer.

Another cool clear night tonight followed by another dry Thursday with highs remaining a little above normal.

High clouds spilling into Norcal Thursday afternoon will, however, indicate changes in the weather pattern ahead as the upper ridge begins to break down and shift east.

Friday should remain mainly dry as a weak frontal band moves into the Pacific Northwest with increased high cloud cover and southerly winds.

A stronger Pacific frontal system off the coast will bring the first round of significant precipitation to the north state Friday night and Saturday as a Pacific cold front pushes through.

With snow levels well below pass levels, precipitation should be significant enough to create travel difficulties over the Sierra.

Across the Siera we have a Winter Storm Watch from Friday night to Sunday morning.

Expect moderate to heavy snow, with total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches, except 8 to 18 inches west of Highway 395 possible.

Highest amounts above 6500 feet west of Highway 395. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

This includes Eastern Lassen and Plumas Counties.

Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

Now is the time to prepare an emergency kit for your home and car.

If traveling consider alternate plans, remember to carry tire chains, extra food, water and clothing.

Once the storm arrives, travel may be difficult or impossible for an extended period of time.

The remnants of Saturday's storm system will linger over northern California on Sunday with a secondary system trailing behind it.

We may have a small break before another system moves in Monday, and a brief dry period on Tuesday, but there is a chance of lingering showers.

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Back in the 80s on Monday with sunshine lasting all week next week. Windy and dry conditions Wednesday and Thursday will learn to elevated fire weather concerns.
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