More rain for northern California.
The rain will continue tomorrow as a final low passes through our area. That means we’ll see near steady temperatures and potentially over an inch of additional rain. The rain will hold off for the most part in the valley tonight, but will return Sunday morning and continue throughout the rest of the day. Snow levels will remain high and snow shouldn’t be much of an issue for much of the NorthState. Those who live above 6,000 feet will see some snow, but really the accumulating snow will be nearer to 7,000 feet and above. That means Lassen park and the ski resorts in the Tahoe area will see the snow, but most roads will just be wet.
Monday and Tuesday are looking dry. A weak ridge builds in as this weekend’s storm departs. That will allow the sunshine to warm us up into the 60s to start out the week. Tuesday will bring the better chance for cooler temperatures as the clouds return in front of the next storm system coming on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s system is another ‘atmospheric river’ which means it will tap into subtropical moisture and bring it all the way from Hawaii to our neck of the woods. With that setup, there will be another bunch of systems that ride right along the moisture plume and could bring another 2-4 inches of rain to northern California. The models are fighting over exactly where the axis of the moisture plume will hit, but both have agreed that it will be a predominantly northern California event. The GFS is trending a little farther south and much wetter, whereas the Euro has pushed most of the moisture north along the CA/OR border. I’m leaning towards the GFS solution because of its slightly more consistent run-to-run continuity compared with the Euro. Either way, both models bring some rain in later this week and both keep the snow levels very high – another 6-8,000 foot snow level event. We’ll keep you posted as thing develop.
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