The Winter Storm that we have advertised for nearly a week is now just a few hours away. We'll see the winds pick up this afternoon followed by valley rain and heavy mountain snow.
It looks like we finally have some much needed rain and snow heading our way as a fairly cold storm approaches from the Gulf of Alaska. We’ll start today off with strong south winds but dry conditions and increasing clouds throughout the day. The rain and snow will move in from west to east so places like Weaverville and Hayfork in Trinity County will see the precipitation first and eventually cover the entire Northstate.
Trinity County will start to see rain and snow between the hours of noon and 2:00 in the afternoon with the valley getting in on the action between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. with the heaviest rain falling Tuesday night. Snow levels will start off around 4500 feet eventually dropping to around 3000 feet behind the cold front. This is why the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for many of the mountain areas.
Behind the cold front will also be some cold and unstable air so we will be keeping a close eye on the potential for thunderstorms on Wednesday and quite possibly into Thursday. Heavy rain, gusty winds, Hail and lightning with accompany these storms. Once all is said and done the valley could pick up between .50 to 1.00” of rain but could be locally higher for places that see thunderstorms.
By Friday we will be on the back side of the storm and minus the chance for a stray shower we’ll start to dry things out as high pressure starts to build back over us. In fact, out temperatures will climb back up to the low 70’s by the weekend.