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.
This week the blog will be updated on Friday the 10th instead of Saturday.
This morning's satellite picture (below) shows the low pressure area still off the coast sending bands of clouds toward Northern California. The low is moving slowly eastward. Heavy rain and strong gusty south winds are expected this afternoon through early Thursday afternoon. Snow levels will continue to be high....6000 to 7000 feet north and 7000 to 8000 feet south. Winds gusts of 50 to 55 mph are expected in the north valley and 65 mph over the high elevations.
The heaviest rain and winds should be over by mid afternoon Thursday, but periods of rain or showers will continue through Friday afternoon. Snow levels will begin to drop Thursday afternoon and by early Friday will be down to 3000 to 4000 feet north and 4000 to 5000 feet south.
The showers will end by Friday night and skies will be clearing as high pressure builds along and over the west coast. This high pressure ridge should hold over our area through next Tuesday (see map below). During this time we will see partly to mostly sunny skies and slightly above normal temperatures.
It now looks like the high pressure ridge will breakdown near week and another low pressure trough will bring precipitation to the area late Wednesday.
The Old Forecaster