We have a much needed break from the active weather during the day today, but more rain and snow are on the way to Northern California. Scattered showers will be possible in the mountains through this afternoon, but not much is expected. Valley areas will be staying dry through this afternoon. Skies have become partly cloudy early Friday morning, and temperatures are much cooler than 24 hours ago. Temperatures in the valley are starting out in the high 30's to mid 40's this morning, and mountain areas are in the mid 30's to low 40's early today. Winds will be out of the Northwest to 10mph today, but will be picking up out of the South again tonight. High temperatures will end up in the mid 50's in the valley, with high 30's to high 40's in the mountains. Rain and snow are expected to return to Northern California tonight, and could cause major travel impacts in some areas. A Winter Storm Warning will go back into effect for areas above 4000' at 10pm tonight, and that is set to stay in place through 10pm Saturday. Mountain travel will likely be impacted, and anyone driving through higher elevations will need chains or a 4wd vehicle.
The rain and snow will continue through the afternoon on Saturday. Snow levels could dip to as low as 3000' but the latest estimates are keeping it closer to the 4000' range. This system is not packing as much of a punch as far as moisture goes, but is much cooler than the last system. Most of the showers will wrap up on Saturday afternoon, and will continue to fizzle out on Saturday night. High temperatures will only climb into the low to mid 50's in the valley this weekend. Partly to mostly sunny skies, and dry weather will be ahead for your Sunday. There will be a very slight chance for some lingering showers in the mountains, but that doesn't look all that likely at this time. The dry and cool weather will continue into the start of next week. The next wet system is currently projected to bring more rain to the region on Tuesday, but should wrap up by Wednesday.