Monday, January 23, 2017

Rain, snow expected to stop for awhile after Tuesday

The current series of storms in Northern California is winding down. From the National Weather Service:
System expected to produce up to 2 inches of additional rain in the Central Valley with heavy snow in the mountains above 3000 feet. Hazardous mountain travel likely with chain controls, delays, accidents, and white-out conditions at times. Isolated thunderstorms which may produce small hail will be possible [...] through Monday, especially in the afternoon. Localized flooding remains a concern, especially near area creeks, streams, and rivers. Decreasing showers expected later Monday into early Tuesday, then dry weather forecast through the remainder of the week.

Downed trees and power outages due to saturated soil & gusty winds have already occurred early [Sunday] morning
Hazardous mountain travel with chain controls, delays, accidents, and white-out conditions through Monday
Localized flooding concerns over the next several days
Isolated thunderstorms possible which may contain small hail through Monday.

Forecast Confidence
High with rain, snow, and wind
Low with thunderstorms

Timing and Strength
Current storm: Now - Early Tuesday

Early Morning winds: Central Valley and Foothills - Southerly wind 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Winds gradually decrease after 7-8 am
Strong South to Southwest mountain wind gusts over 60 mph through early Monday.
0.5-2 inches of rain in the Central Valley with up to 3 inches in the Foothills. Isolated thunderstorms which may contain small hail are possible Monday.
Snow levels 3000-4000 feet, 1 to 4 feet of additional snow accumulation above 4000 feet with several inches possible down to 3000 feet.
Dry later Tuesday - end of the week

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