Drying out today, but major travel impacts ahead

Showers taper off this morning, but heavy rain and snow are returning early next week.

Posted: Dec 21, 2018 6:46 AM

We have a wet start to your Friday morning across most of Northern California, but changes are on the way for your afternoon. Scattered showers are mostly being observed in the valley and Sierra this morning, but will taper off by around noon. There will be a slight chance for some Sierra showers lasting into the afternoon, but they will not be all that heavy. Visibility is poor in many parts of the valley this morning, with some areas starting out with less than 2 miles. The slick roads, and poor visibility will make driving a bit treacherous this morning, so please stay safe. Temperatures have dipped into the 40's to low 50's in the valley overnight, and into the 30's to 40's in the mountains early today. Winds are light and out of the Southeast this morning, but will shift to become out of the North to 10mph this afternoon. High temperatures are projected to climb into the mid to high 50's in the valley this afternoon, and into the 40's in the mountains later today.

We'll be staying dry from this afternoon through Saturday afternoon. There will be potential for more fog developing on Saturday morning, but we are going to start out dry for your weekend. Temperatures will not change from today to Saturday, but it will get a bit cooler on Sunday. Showers will return to our region on Saturday night, and will continue through the day on Sunday. That wet system isn't packing much of a punch, but a stronger system will be right on it's heels for Monday. Heavier rain and snow are in the forecast for the start of next week. Anyone planning on traveling on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day should keep in mind that it's going to be very wet, and snow levels will be dropping. Snow levels are projected to end up between 4000' to 5000' for Monday into Tuesday. A foot and an half to 2 feet of snow will be possible along higher peaks, and you are going to need chains if you're driving through pass areas. Valley areas will have heavy rain during that time, and roads will be slick. That system will wrap up by Christmas night, and we'll be left with dry weather for the day after Christmas.

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A weekend weather system brings cooler temperatures, breezy weather and the chance for a few mountain snow showers. We warm up again next week.
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