Chilly and wet weather is on the way for your Thursday. The majority of precipitation is expected by way of snow in higher elevations today, but we cannot rule out scattered showers or even the potential for a thunderstorm in the valley today. Snow levels are going to be very low, with some estimates projecting snowfall down to 1000'. A dusting of snow in the Redding area is not out of the question either. Snow showers have already started to fall in the mountains, bringing hazardous conditions to mountain roads early today. Temperatures have dipped into the 30's for the valley overnight, and into the 20's for most mountain areas. Winds will be out of the Southeast to 15mph today, with gusts to 25mph. High temperatures will end up in the low to mid 50's in the valley again today, and mountain areas are expected to end up in the mid to high 30's this afternoon. Snow showers are expected to be strong during your morning commute, and then another decent wave of moisture will arrive just in time for the evening commute. Chain controls may be in effect across mountain areas today, so you are advised to check with Caltrans before attempting mountain travel.
Showers are expected to taper off late tonight into early Friday morning. Friday is expected to be mostly sunny, and slightly warmer than today. Valley areas will top out in the mid 50's from Friday through Sunday. There is a chance for mountain showers on Saturday, but amounts are projected to be very limited. Mountain travel impacts will be minor on Saturday. All of Northern California will get a break from the wet weather on Sunday, and that looks like the warmest day of your extended forecast.
The next chance for showers will return late Sunday night into early Monday morning. That system will bring more low elevation snow, and showers to the valley. More showers will be possible as we continue through next week.