Valley thunderstorms & lower snow ahead for today

More valley thunderstorms, and low snow on the way for your Friday

Posted: Mar 2, 2018 7:14 AM

Moisture is becoming a bit more limited, but the severe winter weather will continue across Northern California today. The cold airmass in place is helping to push snow levels down to around 1000' today, but the available moisture will be lacking for any significant snow in the valley this morning. We still have a chance for a dusting of snow in the valley today, but it does not look as promising as it did in previous models. Most of the valley and Sierra are getting a break from precipitation early today, but we are already tracking the next band of moisture heading into the Northern Mountains for your morning commute. Valley showers are expected to ramp up around sunrise, and scattered showers will be likely through the day. There is also a very decent chance for valley thunderstorms again this afternoon. Snowfall will be heavy in some mountain areas this afternoon and evening, and the Winter Storm Warning is still set to stay in place for areas above 2000' through 10pm Saturday night. Temperatures are starting out in the 30's for the valley this morning, and in the 20's in mountain areas. High temperatures are only expected to top out in the high 40's to low 50's for the valley, and mountain areas will end up in the mid 30's this afternoon. Winds will be out of the South to 15mph, with gusts up to 25mph late in the day.

One more widespread push of moisture will make it's way through Northern California on Saturday, but showers are expected to wrap up in the valley by late Saturday evening. Thunderstorms will continue to be possible in the valley on Saturday. Portions of the mountains could still see a chance for scattered snow showers through Sunday afternoon. Dry weather will return to most of our region on Sunday, but temperatures will stay chilly.

Dry and slightly warmer conditions are on the way for the start of next week. Valley areas will climb back into the mid to high 50's on Monday, and then into the low to mid 60's on Tuesday. The next wet system will bring rain and higher elevation snow to Northern California on Wednesday of next week. Models are currently split on showers ending by Thursday, or persisting into Friday. As of now, it looks like persistent showers may be more likely through the end of next week.

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