More rain today, mix of clouds, sun and showers next week.

A decent plume of moisture will pass overhead with a last system of our most recent atmospheric river.  The rain will start in the afternoon with the best chance for impressive totals being in the Sierra and foothills to the east of the valley.  Some people might see over an inch of rain but more likely in the valley we’ll pick up about ½ to ¾ of an inch.  Precipitable water values are in the .8” to 1.2” range as the plume moves overhead and slow shifts to our south this afternoon.  After that we get a break and will get a pretty nice day on Sunday as the clouds clear and the temperatures warm back into the mid to upper 60s. 

From Monday on we’ll see another unsettled weather pattern with generally alternating wet and dry days.  Monday looks dry with sunshine, but Tuesday and Wednesday both bring the chance for rain showers.  Most will stay in the mountains but there is a good chance for some of the rain to make it to the valley floor.

Late week we are watching the shot of a strong ridge to redevelop off the coast of California.  That will shut off our rain but models aren’t indicating the stagnant ridge we saw for all of 2013 and through January of this year.  This ridge looks more progressive and is showing signs of just moving into the interior USA after giving California some sunshine to enjoy.

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