Few sprinkles and snow showers for the mountains today, clouds for the valley.

Temperatures will have a tough time climbing out of the 40s today for many areas.  Parts of the valley will reach 50° but won’t go much farther than that, Redding will just eclipse that mark, getting into the low 50s this afternoon.  This as a weak system skirts the California coast just bringing a few sprinkles and showers to the coast range and mountains in Trinity, Mendocino and Lake Counties.  Those showers will shut off sometime mid-morning with the clouds slowly clearing towards evening tonight.  We won’t make it fully out of the clouds, but will get to see bits of the sun right before it sets.

The rest of the week will be in and out of those clouds as the ridge to our west imparts enough influence to keep all the rain away, but doesn’t block the clouds.  That means our skies will periodically be gray, but we won’t see any real precipitation until next weekend.  The remainder of the week will be pretty chilly, with most days seeing temperatures right around normal for this time of year – in the mid 50s for the most part.

Late week we’re watching a bunch of systems coming off the Pacific Ocean.  The models have been agreeing on solutions for a very long time now and it looks like we’ll finally get the rain we’ve needed for this winter.  Depending on which model you believe, there is the possibility for a week-long bout of rain.  I personally think the best bet is a 1-2 day rainfall event with periods of heavy rain dropping 1-2” of rain before things partially clear out for the beginning of the following week.  This forecast is way out at the end of the week so there aren’t many details to give that won’t change but we do really think that there is a very good chance of a significant rainfall event occurring next weekend.  Stay tuned.

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