Be prepared for more very active weather across northern California today. Strong south winds, heavy rain, heavy snow, and low snow levels are all in our forecast this morning. Snow levels will start to lift through the day, and will mostly be limited to the upper foothills, and mountains by late this afternoon. We are still starting out with snow falling down into valley areas of Shasta County and far northern Tehama County this morning, but those snow showers will turn to rain later this morning. Foothill areas have also seen snow overnight, and snow levels in the Butte County foothills have been down to below 2000'. Snow levels will lift to around 2000' or higher in Shasta County through the day, and to 3000' or higher for the rest of our region. The Winter Storm Warning is still in effect for the valley through 10am this morning, through noon today in Trinity County, through 4pm this afternoon in the Shasta County mountains, through 10pm tonight in Siskiyou County, through 2am Friday in the foothills and Sierra, and through 4am Friday for the Southern Cascades. We also have a High Wind Warning in effect for the valley and foothills through 8am this morning. This was previosly set to expire at noon today, but that has now been pushed up to 8am. Sustained south winds up to 45mph are still possible through early this morning, and we'll have the potential for gusts up to 60mph. Wind speeds will drop off after 8am this morning, but winds will still be strong. Expect gusts to potentially top out between 40 to 50mph through around noon today, and then to let up as we head into your afternoon. Gusts up to 35 to 45mph out of the south will still be possible this afternoon. There does look to be some lulls in the wet weather as we head through the day, but the potential for more rain and snow will continue through at least early Friday. Temperatures are starting out in the 30's to 40's in the valley this morning and in the 20's to 30's in the mountains. High tmeperatures will mostly top out in the mid 40's to low 50's in the valley today, in the mid 30's to lower 40's in the foothills, and in the low 30's to lower 40's in our mountain areas this afternoon.
More rain and snow are projected for your Thursday, but snow levels will rise into the 3000' to 4000' range for most of our region. Periods of heavy rain and snow will be likely through the day on Thursday. Temperatures will end up a few degrees warmer on Thursday afternoon, and winds will not be as strong as Wednesday. On Friday we'll see the heavier rain and snow diminishing, but there will still be a decent chance for rain and snow showers. Amounts look to be fairly light on Friday and Saturday. Saturday may see a slight uptick in the showers, but it isn't expected to be anywhere near what we've seen from Tuesday night through Thursday. Low temperatures will be in the lower 40's in the valley and high temperatures will end up in the low to mid 50's through this weekend. Foothill areas will have low temperautres in the 30's to 40's this weekend, and high temperatures in teh mid to high 40's. Mountain areas will have low temperatures in the upper 20's to 30's this weekend, and high temperatures in the mid 30's to lower 40's. The next wet system is projected to bring showers into our region on Sunday, and heavier rain and snow back into the forecast on Monday and Tuesday. Snow levels are currently projected to stay above 4000' in most of our region from Sunday through Tuesday of next week. 7 day rain totals are projected to end up anywhere from 2 and a half to 5 inches in the valley, with higher totals in the footihills. Above 4000' we may still see up to around 5 or so feet of snowfall over the next 7 days. This is great news for our dwindling water supply, but bad news for anyone planning on mountain travel through early to mid week next week.