***WET AND WINDY TODAY AND TUESDAY***
Normal high and low temperatures for Feb 20-Feb 27 (high/low)...Redding 62/40, Chico 62/40, Quincy 53/27, Chester 48/23, Susanville 48/26, Grass Valley 56/34, Weaverville 56/30, Mt. Shasta 49/29, Yreka 53/28, Alturas 47/22
This blog will be issued every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday morning and updated if the weather is changing or critical or interesting weather events are occurring.
Last blog it looked like the storm system would come through Sunday afternoon and Monday. However, the system is split with the first system coming through last night and the next system due tonight and early Tuesday. Rain with last night's system was heavier from Redding southward and this system was warm with the colder air remaining off the coast with the second storm. Today we will see periods or rain or showers with gusty south winds. Snow levels will be 6000 feet north and 7000 feet south.
The next system will move inland tonight. Moderate to heavy precipitation is expected tonight and early Tuesday. Snow levels will lower by Tuesday morning to 3500 to 4500 feet north and little higher south. Strong gusty south winds will occur tonight and early Tuesday with gusts 55 mph in the valley and 65 mph over the higher elevations. The precipitation will turn to showers Tuesday afternoon and end by evening.
Wednesday and Thursday the north state will have partly sunny to partly cloudy skies with isolated snow flurries over the higher elevations Wednesday.
Friday we switch back to a colder weather pattern (see map below). The jetstream will be dropping southward along the coast and then across Northern California. A low pressure trough will move through Friday afternoon and Saturday. This system will bring light precipitation to the area with snow levels 1500 to 2000 feet north and 2000 to 3000 feet south.
The trough will be east of area by Sunday and we will have mostly sunny skies and cool temperatures.
The Old Forecaster