Monday, October 24, 2016

Stormy weather to continue into next week

Winter in the north state is off to an early start. From the National Weather Service:
Slick roads
High elevation snow with possible impacts for seasonal mountain pass travel & Lassen NP
Wind may make driving difficult, loose objects may blow around

Forecast Confidence
High for cool and wet Conditions
Low for precipitation amounts and timing

Timing and Strength
First System: Today through Wednesday Morning
Rain: 1-2 inches in the northern mountains, .10 to 1.00 inches for the Valley
Snow levels: mainly above 7500 feet
Wind: Valley winds 25 mph gusting to 35-40 mph this afternoon, 40 to 55 mph over higher Sierra elevations at times through Wednesday
Max temps: 5-10 degrees below normal
Second System: Thursday into Early Next week
Rain: See Precipitation graphic
Snow levels: mainly above 7500-8000 feet
Wind: Periods of southwest wind gusts 40 to 55 mph over higher Sierra elevations
Max temps: 5-10 degrees below normal

Weather Summary
The first system is moving through today and tonight, with a cold front bringing a period of rain and gusty winds today into early Tuesday, and additional showers continuing into Tuesday night. Rain is still forecast to lift north of the area on Wednesday. A few inches of snow are possible over seasonal passes and Lassen National Park through Tuesday.

Another moist system arrives Thursday, with a series of disturbances bringing periods of wet weather through the weekend and potentially into early next week. Exact timing of these systems remains uncertain. Snow levels are expected to be fairly high at this point, with snow over higher mountains.

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