Saturday, January 5, 2019

Weather Discussion for Saturday January 5, 2019

***LOW SNOW LEVELS IN THE NORTH TODAY.  WET AND WINDY THIS WEEKEND***

Normal high/ low temperatures for Dec 31-Jan 7  (high/low) Redding 54/34, Chico 52/34, Quincy 44/22, Chester 40/18, Susanville 38/19, Grass Valley 52/30, Weaverville 45/27, Mt. Shasta 42/25, Yreka 43/24, Alturas 40/14

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.

The first in a series of frontal systems is moving into Northern California today.  Expect locally heavy rain today.  Due to the cold trapped air in the north snow levels will locally 1000 to 1500 feet from Redding northward.  Elsewhere snow levels will be 3000 to 4000 feet.   Areas where the cold air isn't trapped will see southerly winds with gusts to 40 to 45 mph in the valley and 55 to 60 mph over the higher elevations.  

Sunday another low pressure trough will move through with moderate to heavy precipitation.  Snow levels will be 2000 to 3000 feet north and around 4000 feet south.   More strong gusty south winds will precede this system.

The precipitation will end by early Monday with partly cloudy skies by afternoon.  Late Tuesday and Wednesday another fairly strong storm system will move through.   We will see more rain with snow levels 4000 feet north and 5000 feet south.   Another round of gusty south winds will precede this storm.

We will see a break Thursday and early Friday.   Late Friday another low pressure area will be off the coast (see map below).  This will send more storms through the area next weekend.

Short version....wet and windy for the next week.

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