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Weather Forecast: Rain & Gusty South Winds Today

Published On: Mar 28 2014 07:47:41 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 28 2014 12:18:29 PM CDT

Our next storm system moves into the Northstate this morning and afternoon.  Gusty south winds will continue to pick up through the early evening hours today.

Moist south winds will continue to support heavier and higher rainfall totals today for south facing slopes and foothills.  We've already seen steady light to moderate rainfall in the higher elevations and the northern tip of the valley floor in Shasta County this morning.

Valley highs will warm to near 60 this afternoon, warmer the further south you head.

Snow levels have been slowly rising throughout the morning.  Just after midnight snow levels were at 5,000-5,500 ft.  By 10:00 am snow levels had risen to ~6,000 ft.  As the Pacific storm approaches, warm advection, along with warmer sub-tropical moisture will raise snow levels  to 7,000 ft plus.

Heavier rain should begin to overspread the Northstate by the mid to late afternoon hours, with pockets of this heavier rain down to the valley floor.

Winds will also pick up by the late afternoon hours.  South winds should be the strongest between Red Bluff and Redding, with gusts approaching 40 mph.

Snow levels will begin to dip by Saturday morning/afternoon as the cold front pushes off to the east.  Thunderstorms may also redevelop Saturday afternoon with afternoon clearing.

Our next storm system will arrive Monday aftfernoon.  This has the potential of dropping low snow with impacts on the higher passes.  A secondary surface may low may bring even more snow into the Northstate by Tuesday morning/afternoon.

We'll keep you up to date on these storms through the weekend.