Storm Tracker Forecast: Rain & snow return this weekend

Cloudy but dry weather is ahead for tonight. Gusty winds are likely in the mountains. Rain and snow showers will return to Northern California tomorrow afternoon and last through Sunday.

Posted: Dec 20, 2019 5:50 PM

The break from the wet weather now looks like it may last through most of your Saturday forecast, but rain and snow will be returning this weekend. Gusty South winds will bring travel impacts to portions of the Sierra and Cascades tonight and tomorrow. Sustained winds could reach 35mph out of the South and gusts are projected to top out in the 40 to 60mph range through tomorrow night. A High Wind Warning is in effect for Modoc County and is projected to stay in effect through 10pm Saturday night. Winds will be much lighter in the valley and are only expected to be up to around 15mph out of the Southeast tonight and tomorrow. The cloud cover will help to keep temperatures mild again tonight. Valley areas will only dip into the low to mid 40's on Saturday morning, and mountain areas will end up in the high 20's to mid 30's overnight.

Cloudy skies will continue to cover Northern California on Saturday and showers will be returning through the day. The potential for wet weather will return to the Coastal Range and Northern Mountains early in the afternoon, but is now expected to hold off on making it's way into the valley until tomorrow evening. Rain and snow showers will return to the Sierra late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Snow levels are expected to be down to around 3500' in Shasta County and in the 4000' to 5000' range in the Sierra this weekend. A Winter Weather Advisory is going into effect in elevation above 3500' in Shasta County at 10pm Saturday night and will stay in effect through 10pm Sunday evening. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect in areas down to 4500' in the Sierra and Cascades at 7am Sunday morning and will also stay in effect through 10pm Sunday night. Most of those areas will see up to 8 inches of snow during that time, but some portions of Shasta County and the Northern Mountains could see up to 2 feet of snow. We also have a Winter Storm Watch in effect for portions of Siskiyou County down to 3500' from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Up to a foot and a half of snow can be expected in Siskiyou County and gusty South winds will also bring impacts during that time.

Most of the showers will taper off by Monday in Northern California. We'll be very chilly Monday and Tuesday mornings. Temperatures will dip into the 30's in the valley and into the teens to 20's in the mountains. Dry weather is expected to last on Monday and Tuesday. We'll see a decent chance for showers returning for Christmas Day on Wednesday. There will be a decent chance for wet weather continuing on Thursday and through the end of next week.

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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
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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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