Despite the mainly sunny skies on Tuesday it was still cool with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s which is actually normal for this time of year. What isn’t normal is the lack of rain and the good news is it looks like we’ve got some wet weather arriving Thursday and lasting off and on through the weekend.
The first batch of rain looks to arrive late Wednesday and closer to the early morning hours of Thursday. We’ve got some cold air associated with this storm with snow levels averaging as low as 2000 feet (locally lower in some areas). We’ll continue with a chance for more isolated showers on Friday with snow levels once again around 2000 feet. If you plan on travelling in the mountains Thursday and Friday be sure to keep a close eye on the road conditions especially with the low elevation snow expected.
A warmer air mass will move over the Northstate this weekend as sub-tropical moisture will contribute to a good shot of rain. It’s still too early to give rain predictions this far out but this will most likely be the heaviest rain we’ve seen in about a year. One of the biggest concerns will be the potential for debris flows over burn scarred areas. Otherwise, it will be welcomed rain with snow levels 6000 feet and higher.
It looks like drier weather for the beginning of next week with the long range forecast models hinting at some more rain by the middle of next week. It’s starting to feel more like winter around here!