We are mostly dry and chilly for the start of your Monday, but the potential for active weather is returning to some areas this afternoon. Looks like the majority of our area will be staying dry today, but there is a very good chance for showers in the Northern Mountains, the North end of the valley, and portions of the Sierra this afternoon and tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect at noon for the Shasta County mountains and Northern Mountains. That advisory will be in place through 4pm Tuesday. A mix of rain and snow will be possible down into the Redding area later today. Snow could also cause substantial travel impacts along I-5 North of Redding. Snow levels will mostly be between 1500' to 2500' today. Temperatures have dipped into the mid to high 30's in tthe valley overnight, and into the 20's to 30's in most mountain areas. Winds will be out of the Southeast to around 15mph today. High temperatures are projected to top out in the high 40's to mid 50's in the valley this afternoon, and into the mid to high 30's in the mountains later today.
Tuesday is expected to have a very similar set up to your Monday, but showers will become more widespread on Tuesday night. A Winter Storm Watch is currently set to be in effect from Tuesday night through Wednesday, but that warning will more than likely be extended through Thursday. Snow levels will be down into the 1500' range on Tuesday night, but will be lifting on Wednesday. Looks like snow levels may be above 4000' by Wednesday afternoon, but some isolated areas may still see snow showers down to around 2000'. Upwards of 2 inches of rain can be expected in the valley from Tuesday through Thursday, and several feet of snow will be possible in the mountains. 2 to 4 feet of snow will be possible in higher elevations, with upwards of a foot of snow possible down to around 2500'.
We're expecting a break in the active weather on Thursday afternoon, but more active weather will be returning on Friday. The current models keep active weather in our area through the weekend, but there is some disagreement on timing and strength at the moment. We'll keep tracking the latest developments in your forecats through the week.