Wet weather returned to Northern California today as the low pressure area to our South ended up driving a decent amount of moisture into our region this morning. Earlier projections kept the chance of showers from moving North of Sacramento until this evening but the low pressure started to track East across Central California earlier than models had anticipated. Scattered showers will linger over Northern California overnight, but amounts will be light. Snow levels are mostly above 6000' through tomorrow.
Partly to mostly cloudy skies and scattered showers are on the way for your Thursday forecast. Less than a 10th of an inch of rain is expected on Thursday and it will be a nice lull before a moderate atmospheric river event arrives on Friday. Temperatures will end up in the high 30's to mid 40's inthe valley on Thursday morning, and in the mid 20's to low 30's in the mountains. High temperatures are projected to top out in the mid to high 50's for the valley on Thursday, while mountain areas end up in the 40's to low 50's. Winds will be out of the South up to around 10mph. All around, it looks like it will be a decent day to get some errands done before the heavy rain and stronger winds settle in on Friday.
Very wet and windy weather is projected to return to Northern California on Friday and that will last into Sunday morning. A Winter Storm Watch is set to take effect at 4pm Friday afternoon and will stay in place through 1pm on Sunday for portions of the Sierra above 5500'. This Winter Storm Watch could very well be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning as we get closer to Friday. Snow levels will range from around 5000' to 6500' with this incoming storm and several feet of snow will be possible along the higher peaks. Heavy rain will be likely in lower elevations. Up to around 2 and a half inches of rain will be possible in the valley, and mountain areas will see between 2 to 4 and a half inches of rain from Friday morning through Sunday morning. Winds will become stronger, and gusts upwards of 40mph out of the South can be expected on Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will end up in the mid 50's in the valley from Friday through your weekend. Mountain areas will mostly end up in the low to mid 40's this weekend, but higher elevations will stay in the 30's. Dry weather and average temperatures are currently projected to return as we head into next week.