Storm Tracker Forecast: Heavier rain & snow showers ahead

Rain and snow showers will become heavier and more widespread on Friday. Snow levels will drop as we head into your weekend and that could result in some mountain travel impacts.

Posted: Dec 12, 2019 10:51 PM

Scattered showers will continue to brush across Northern California tonight. The best chance for showers will end up in higher elevations, but some very modest showers could also fall in the valley. Snow levels are still relatively high and are currently set at around 6500' in the Sierra at down to around 5500' in the Northern Mountains. Portions of Shasta and Siskiyou County will have the best chance for snow, while scattered showers will be likely in portions of the Butte County Foothills, and the Sierra. We'll be staying relatively warm overnight. Valley areas will dip into the high 40's to low 50's, and mountain areas will end up in the mid 30's to low 40's.

The next round of heavier precipitation will be on the way for your Friday forecast. Showers will start out moderate in the mountains, with limited valley showers in the morninig. Heavier showers will then move into our region on Friday afternoon and will continue into Friday night. A Winter Wather Advisory will be in effect for portions of the Sierra above 6500' from noon on Friday through 4am Sunday. Some higher peaks could see up to 15 inches of snow during that time, but most of our area will see up to around a half a foot if that. Snow levels will end up in the 5000' to 6000' range tomorrow and will then drop by around 2000' on Saturday. Temperatures will end up in the mid to hig 50's in the valley tomorrow afternoon, and moutnain areas will end up in the low to mid 40's. The highest rain and snow totals will be in higher elevations but we could still end up with a half an inch or so of rain in the valley. Snow levels will dip into the 3500' to 4500' range as we head into Saturday and scattered showers are expected to return for your afternoon. Conditions at the moment look like they will be mostly dry early in the day on Saturday. The majority of the showers will wrap up late Saturday night, and we'll be drying out on Sunday. Morning fog could bring travel impacts on Sunday morning and temperatures will become much cooler with the clearing skies. Low temperatures in the valley will end up in the low to mid 30's, and mountain areas will dip into the teens to 20's. Hihg temperatures will end up in ht elow 50's in the valley on Sunday but will rebound back into the mid 50's by Monday.

The break from the wet weather is expected to continue through Tuesday of next week. Long range models are hinting at another chance for wet weather returning as we head through the middle of next week's forecast.

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Showers will continue overnight, and fog could be possible in some areas on Friday morning. Heavier rain and high elevation snow are on the way for your weekend.
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