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Storm Tracker Forecast: Two strong storms ahead for this week

Moderate to heavy rain and snow are ahead for tonight, with the biggest impacts expected in the mountains. A stronger and more widespread system will bring heavier showers, lower snow levels, and the chance for thunderstorms to northern California mid week.

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 6:07 PM

Heavier rain and snow are on the way to northern California this week. A colder and more potent system has arrived along our Northwest Coast this evening and will persist through at least early in the day on Tuesday. Snow levels could dip to as low as 2000', but the Winter Weather Advisories are in effect in portions of the Northern Mountains down to 2500', and portions of Shasta County, the Sierra, and Cascades down to 3000'. Up to 8 inches of snowfall will be possible down to around 3500', and we could see up to 15 inches of snow in some localized areas. Valley areas will see limited rain showers during this first storm. Some showers may linger in the valley into the early portion of your Tuesday, and mountain areas could have scattered snow showers into late tomorrow afternoon. Gusty South winds can also be expected as this system moves through. Sustained winds could reach 25mph in the valley tonight, and we could potentially see gusts up to 35mph. Temperatures will fall into the high 30's to low 40's in the valley tonight and mostly into the 20's to 30's in the mountains on Tuesday morning. High temperatures will end up in the high 40's to low 50's on Tuesday in the valley, and mountain areas will to out in the 30's to 40's.

The next storm system will arrive Wednesday afternoon and evening across northern California. That system is expected to be stronger than the Monday into Tuesday system, and could end up with snow levels down to around 1500'. Rain totals look like they will be more abundant in the valley, and snow totals are projected to end upin the 1 to 2 foot range for most mountain areas above 3000'. Some localized snow totals of up to 3 feet will be possible during the Wednesday into Thursday system. The National Weather Service out of Sacramento has currently issued a Winter Storm Watch to last from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night. This could very well be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning as we get closer to the evening. We'll also have the potential for heavier rain and thunderstorms in the valley on Thursday. Another issue with the Wednesday through Thursday system will be stronger South winds in our region. A Wind Advisory or a High Wind Watch or Warning may be issued as we get closer to the middle of this week. The current outlook includes gusts up to around 40mph on Wednesday, with the potential for stronger gusts on Thursday. Areas around thunderstorms may also have localized stronger winds on Thursday. Most of the active weather is currently expected to wrap up by Friday morning, but there will be a chance for scattered rain and low elevation snow on Friday morning. Snow could potentially fall to the valley floor in Redding on Friday morning if the showers do linger through that time.

Another wet system will take aim at our regoin from late Friday night through the day on Saturday. that system is currently not projected to be as substantial as either of the systems that will precede it earlier in the week. Some light to moderate showers will be likely in the valley and a mix of light to moderate rain and snow showers will be likely in the mountains. We'll get a much better idea of what to expect for your weekend and beyond with the model runs over the next few days.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 117215

Reported Deaths: 4305
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles572192448
Riverside8155342
San Diego7554269
Orange6574150
San Bernardino5501208
Alameda351597
Santa Clara2819143
San Francisco258743
Kern237639
San Mateo218884
Tulare200489
Fresno188236
Imperial179829
Santa Barbara166912
Contra Costa150637
Sacramento143958
Ventura116434
Kings11375
San Joaquin98235
Stanislaus75029
Monterey57110
Sonoma5664
Solano54622
Marin50115
Merced3017
San Luis Obispo2781
Placer2289
Santa Cruz2172
Yolo21324
Madera1143
Napa1133
Humboldt1023
El Dorado960
San Benito882
Butte511
Sutter462
Del Norte460
Nevada421
Shasta394
Mono371
Mendocino300
Yuba301
Lake260
Inyo201
Glenn170
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Amador100
Siskiyou80
Colusa70
Lassen50
Tehama51
Plumas40
Tuolumne40
Alpine20
Sierra10
Trinity10
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
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Hi: 101° Lo: 68°
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Oroville
Clear
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Feels Like: 94°
Paradise
Few Clouds
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Hi: 92° Lo: 68°
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Chester
Clear
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Feels Like: 82°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Feels Like: 95°
Willows
Few Clouds
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Hi: 104° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 90°
The Heat Advisory will stay in place through Thursday evening. Cooler temperatures and the potential for showers and thunderstorms are ahead for your weekend.
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