Monday, December 5, 2016

NWS: Midweek valley freeze could damage crops

From the National Weather Service:
Weather Summary
A couple of weak systems will brush through the region early this week and bring very light amounts of precipitation through Tuesday. Cold mornings Tuesday and Wednesday may bring areas of frost to the central valley...coldest and best chance Wednesday morning. Some north winds and high clouds Wednesday morning may help to mitigate the low temperatures on Wednesday. A stronger system will move into the region Wednesday night and Thursday and bring decent amounts of rain, higher elevation snow and wind to the area. Snow levels may initially be low but are expected to rise on Thursday. Lower snow levels on Friday will likely cause travel problems for the Sierra Nevada. Another system may impact the interior next weekend.

Impacts
Below freezing valley temperatures may damage crops or kill other sensitive potted plants Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Coldest temperatures Wednesday morning.
Moderate sized system will bring windy conditions to the interior Thursday and rain and snow Wednesday night through Friday. Downed tree limbs, leaf clogged drains causing some roadway flooding and travel delays in the Sierra will be possible.

Forecast Confidence
Medium for widespread below freezing temps Wednesday morning.
Medium to High for rain and snow Wednesday night through Friday.

Timing and Strength
Low temperatures mid 30s with the colder spots in the lower 30s Tuesday morning. Low temperatures low 30s with the colder spots in the upper 20s Wednesday morning.
Wednesday night through Friday moderate strength system. Precipitation amounts, snow levels and strength of wind likely to be adjusted.
We'll be keeping an eye on things. Check here and at CapitalPress.com for the latest on weather conditions.

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