Storm Tracker Forecast: More rain & snow through your weekend

Another wave of light showers and higher snow levels is on the way for your Thursday. Slightly lower snow levels and heavier showers are ahead for your weekend.

Posted: Dec 18, 2019 6:08 PM

The heaviest of the rain and snow showers have already made their way through Northern California today, but lighter showers will linger into your evening. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for portions of the Sierra and Cascades above 4500' through 10pm tonight. The biggest impact will likely be slick roads from the snow. Some visibility issues will also be possible this evening, so please be careful if you do need to be out on the roads. Snow levels started out at around 2000' for most of our region this morning, but will be i nthe 4500' to 5500' range tonight. Temperatures are expected to drop into the high 30's to mid 40's in the valley overnight, and mountain areas will end up in the high 20's to low 30's on Thursday morning.

The next round of showers is expected to arrive early Thursday morning across the Northwest corner of the state and will spread across the remiander of our region Tomorrow afternoon. Snow levels will be up in the 5500' to 6000' range on Thursday. The heaviest rain and snow is expected to be in the Northern end of the valley and in the Northern Mountains tomorrow. Temepratures will top out in the low to mid 50's in the valley and in the low 40's in most mountain areas. The potential for showers will linger in the Northern Mountains and in Shasta County on Friday morning, but it looks like the rest of our region can expect a short break from the wet weather for the end of your work week.

The next round of rain and snow arriving on Saturday is expected to be heavier and will likely bring bigger travel impacts to our region this weekend. Showers will start out in the Northwest corner of the state and will spread through the remainder of Northern California through the day. This could be a slow spread of wet weather through the day on Saturday, with some models holding off on the chance for showers in the Sierra until Saturday evening. Snow levels will be in the 5000' to 6000' range on Saturday and will drop into the 4000' to 5000' range on Sunday. Valley areas are currently projected to get anywhere between a half an inch to two inches of rain in your weekend forecast. 5 to 12 inches of snow is currently in the forecast for areas above 4000' this weekend, with some locally higher amounts possible in areas like Lassen Park. Mountain travel impacts will be likely as we head through your weekend, and chain controls will be possible. There is potential for showers to linger across Northern California on Monday, with the best chance for wet weather resting in the higher elevations. It looks like we'll see a break from the wet weather for Christmas Eve on Tuesday, but more active weather could be returning on Christmas Day.

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CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103873814416
San Bernardino2569141560
Riverside2510002676
San Diego2185552174
Orange2165092508
Santa Clara949051129
Kern87240572
Fresno83200968
Sacramento811831128
Alameda68649788
Ventura62774462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43121766
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo32887309
San Francisco29502266
Solano25983107
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25333474
Merced24570316
Sonoma24184242
Kings19588148
Placer17490184
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13528151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10789138
Shasta9750123
Butte9528128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa767244
Lassen519916
San Benito500346
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323474
Mendocino319232
Amador302431
Lake262531
Humboldt242725
Glenn194820
Colusa17969
Calaveras162123
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
Sierra820
Alpine730
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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Chico
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Thursday was the last fairly quiet weather day that we'll have in northern California as a series of storms will move our way through next week. Our first chance for rain and snow showers arrives Friday morning with a cold front.
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