Be prepared for another cool afternoon, and more rain and snow on the way in your forecast today. You're going to want to keep your umbrella handy as you head out the door on this Friday morning. Scattered showers are lingering this morning, but the fist of two weak system set to track across our region is already wrapping up early on today. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy through your Friday, and we'll have another wet system moving down into our region later this afternoon through early Saturday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for portions of the northern Sierra down to 4500' from 6pm tonight through 10am Saturday morning. Snow amounts of 4 to 8 inches will be possible above 4500' in that area during that time. Our higher elevations will continue to see the potential for scattered rain and snow showers through the day, but the bigger impacts will return tonight. Snow levels will be in the 3000' to 4000' range in our northern zones, and in the 3500' to 4500' range in the Sierra and Southern Cascades today. Snow levels will lift by around 500' to 1000' by early Saturday morning as this second wet system wraps up. Temperatures are starting out in the 40's to low 50's in the valley, 30's to 40's in the foothills, and in the 20's to 30's in our mountain areas this morning. Winds will be out of the south to around 10mph today, and we could be dealing with gusts up to 25mph in the Sierra this afternoon and tonight. High temperatures are projected to end up in the mid 50's to around 60 degrees in the valley, in the low 40's to around 50 degrees in the foothills, and in the upper 30's to upper 40's in our mountain areas this afternoon. The heaviest rain and snow on the way in our forecast is expected from late this afternoon through very early Saturday morning.
Showers will taper off ealry to mid day on Saturday, and we can expect some clearing as we head into your afternoon. Temperatures will be a few degrees warmer than Friday afternoon, and we'll be dry late in the day on Saturday. High pressure builds into northern California through this weekend, and that will result in sunny to mostly sunny skies and a decent rise in temperatures on Sunday. Valley areas can expect high temperatures in the mid to high 60's, foothill areas can expect 50's to around 60 degree highs, and mountain areas will mostly end up in the 40's to 50's on Sunday afternoon. We'll have sunny to mostly sunny skies and even warmer temperatures on the way for your Monday. Valley areas are currently projected to top out in the upper 60's to mid 70's on Monday afternoon, while our foothill areas end up in the 50's to 60's, and mountain areas mostly top out in the 50's to around 60 degrees. Low pressure tracking through to our north will bring a chance for showers to areas closest to the Oregon border from Tuesday through Wednesday, and that will also result in a modest drop in temperatures from Monday through Wednesday. We'll also have the potential for gusty north winds developing from Tuesday into Wednesday of next week. The next chance for more widespread showers will be on Thursday, but even that is not looking very likely from the latest model runs. Overall, we have light showers possible today, heavier rain and snow on the way for this afternoon through early Saturday, and then dry and warm weather ahead from Sunday through the middle of next week.