Storm Tracker Forecast: A major winter storm moves in overnight

Nice but breezy weather today, but enjoy it while you can. A winter storm moves in tonight with widespread rain & snow Saturday-Monday.

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 6:35 AM

Today you'll need to prepare for windy conditions as wind gusts could exceed 40 mph in some places. We'll see highs in the mid-70s (much cooler than yesterday) and have increasing clouds in the afternoon with a showers mountain showers popping up overnight.

Saturday - Monday a winter storm slowly slides down the West Coast bringing widespread showers and heavy snow to the North State. I forecast the heaviest rain and snow to fall overnight Saturday into Sunday. Saturday will see light snow above 3,500 feet. Snow levels drop to 2,500 feet overnight Saturday and could briefly drop near 2,000 feet on Monday before raising back to 3,500 feet. There should be a dusting of snow at 2,000 feet, 4-8 inches of snow between elevations at 2,500 feet to 3,000 feet and 1-4 feet of snow for elevations above 3,500 feet, with higher elevations even receiving 5 feet of snow. Expect 0.5 to 1 inch of rain in the Valley in total, with foothills seeing up to 2 inches of rain. Winds could also be gusty during the storm gusting 40-60 mph in some parts of the Sierra and a few thunderstorms can not be ruled out on Sunday as instability increases.

After Monday, highs remain in the upper-50s all week, with mostly cloudy skies and a few chances for showers in the Valley with light scattered showers in the mountains as broad unsettled weather persists in the region.

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Chico
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Light and scattered rain and snow showers return for your weekend, but another warming trend looks likely for next week
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