Enjoy the sunshine, more clouds and rain are on the way.

The huge ridge which has set up over the west coast won’t last much longer.  It is part of a slightly more progressive setup which will kick it out as we get into Monday and Tuesday of this week.  That means that once the work week comes around we’ll see more clouds and eventually rain once Wednesday and Thursday roll around.  Today though, enjoy it.  Lots of sun, very few clouds and temperatures up in the low 70s will make for an amazing Saturday, and Sunday will be much the same.

Monday and Tuesday the ridge starts to shift to our east, which opens the door to more wet weather and more clouds.  And the Pacific Ocean is only happy to deliver.  Once the ridge departs, it will send system after system our way in a set up reminiscent of early February when we had stretches of almost a week barely seeing the sun.  There will be breaks in the precip, but for the most part it will be a very wet week with some model estimates putting down 3 and even 4 inches of rain for the valley.  That also means good things for the reservoirs, as there will be much more rain falling in the mountains. 

The down side to all this is the origin of the moisture… it’s tropical.  That of course means it’s nice and warm, which in turn means that snow levels will be pretty high.  There are no Gulf of Alaska lows here, so expect them around 6-7,000 feet through the duration of the incoming systems. 

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