The next storm will bring rain to Northern California as early as Tuesday night but the heaviest rain isn’t expected to reach the entire Northstate until the late afternoon hours of Wednesday.  Redding and Red Bluff may start the morning with isolated light showers and the chances for rain will increase southward throughout the day eventually reaching Chico and Oroville by the second half of the day.

The cold front is expected to move through Wednesday evening which is when we expect some of the heaviest rain and we also can’t rule out the chance for a few isolated thunderstorms.  The winds will also pick up in advance of the cold front with gusts possibly over 30 mph.  This may help to develop some steady rain through a good part of the day in the same areas that saw flooding in the Redding area last week.

It’s expected to dry out on Friday and Saturday with highs in the low 70s under partly cloudy skies.

The long range forecast models are hinting at more rain by Sunday and Monday but at this point doesn’t look all that impressive.