Another great day tomorrow, rain in the forecast next week.

Sunshine will remain tomorrow as our area of high pressure stays overhead tomorrow and getting into Monday.  By then the ridge will start to be eroded away by a few systems out to our west.  Those systems will have to use a lot of energy to push through that ridge, but they’re strong enough to keep enough moisture with them for some rain to fall in northern California.  The first system will get here Wednesday.

Wednesday’s storm looks like it will have the potential to produce up to an inch of rain in the valley.  And more rain is possible in the mountains.  That system is actually the weak one of the bunch and will pave the way for the following storm which is stronger.  Winds won’t be much of an issue on Wednesday as the storm won’t be quite as strong as it was before it pushed through our ridge.  It will also have relatively warm source of moisture which means snow levels will be in the 5,000 foot range.  That system wraps up mostly on Wednesday but will leave some residual showers for Thursday morning in the valley and more persistent showers in the eastern mountains.

Friday and Saturday a much stronger system moves in.  This one will bring a stronger pressure gradient, which means more wind and more rain.  Initial models are forecasting over 3 inches of rain possible in parts of the valley and much much more in the mountains.  In addition you’ll have to add in the winds which could gust over 30mph through Friday and into Saturday.  We’ll be watching these systems closely and keep you abreast to any changes as they happen.

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