Hope you took advantage of the dry weather this weekend because rain is returning to forecast to start off the workweek, with several systems through the next 7 days. The first is already moving in and will pick up pace with a few scattered showers in the Northstate to start Monday morning. By the afternoon the main cold front will swing through with pockets of heavy to moderate rain and breezy south winds. Temperatures will drop only a few degrees topping out in the low 60s for the valley and the 40s and 50s across the mountains.
Overall the system is fairly minor dropping only a quarter to half inch of rain in the valley and very light snow around 6000 to 7000 feet. We’ll get a break from the rain on Tuesday but chilly temperatures will remain with the valley dipping back into the 50s. A second system will then move through pulling in some moisture from the pacific. This will make the second storm stronger with winds increasing and snow levels dropping to around 4000 feet during the early morning on Thursday.
A Winter Weather Watch has been issued for the sierra starting 10am Wednesday and lasting through 4am Friday. This is for elevations above 6000 feet with 8-12 inches of snow possible, some localized amounts up to 18 inches.
Another quick break is expected Friday before a third wave approaches for the following weekend. Right now forecast models are disagreeing with the timing of the last system so changes may be made over the next several days. Stay with the First Alert Weather team while we continue to track the unsettled weather pattern.