The rain and snow we saw on Thursday was just the beginning with much more on the way. The valley picked up about a third to a half of an inch of rain with reports of snow as low as 2500 feet.
The next storm will arrive Friday and it looks like it has more moisture to work with giving us heavier rain in the valley and snow in the mountains. The winds are also expected to pick up from the south with gusts possibly over 30 mph on Friday. It may still be on the breezy/windy side on Saturday but the winds should be weaker by the afternoon and evening. Snow levels are also expected to slowly rise throughout the day and should be somewhere between 3000 and 4000 feet.
A warmer air mass (pineapple express) will move over the Northstate as early as Friday afternoon into the weekend as sub-tropical moisture will contribute to a good shot of rain. Rain estimates give the valley between 2 and 4 inches of rain once all is said and done with higher amounts in the mountains. One concern 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 end of next week.