Sunny skies tomorrow but mountain showers possible Monday night.

High pressure remains to round out our weekend but brings more clouds overhead for Monday and Tuesday.  That’s as a very weak system will push through the ridge and bring some light rain to the mountains around the Sacramento Valley.  These showers shouldn’t amount to much more than a trace of rain, but the system is important for later in the week.  That’s because the 2nd storm will get the shot at northern California without having to bulldoze through the ridge over the west coast. 

That storm will drag its cold front over the northstate Wednesday night into Thursday and models are indicating that it could produce about an inch of rain the valley and more in the mountains.  The snow levels will stay pretty high for this storm, so expect them up around 6,000 feet to begin with, falling to around 4,500 feet by the storms end.  This system has been bouncing around timing wise so we’ll know more exactly where and when it will affect northern California later this week.  The good news is that both the Euro and GFS have locked into it and are now only arguing over exactly when the rain will get here.

From there they diverge.  The GFS brings the much discussed pattern shift to the west coast whereas the Euro returns the ridge to its previous location.  I’m personally leaning towards the Euro’s solution since we’ve seen this happen before and the ridge has built in every previous time.  But here’s to hoping! 

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