Thursday afternoon brought only one or two showers and storms to places like Lake and Siskiyou Counties, along with a few high clouds, but the weather pattern has been fairly inactive compared to that of the past couple of weeks. Expect an just isolated storm in northern California and southern Lake County back in the forecast for Friday afternoon. Thunderstorm activity will ramp back up by next week, however. A low forming off the coast of California will bring another round of storms by Sunday.
In the meantime, a relatively weak trough moves onshore and brings some gusty winds with it. Conditions will be breezy mainly along and east of the Cascades and in northern California. The trough passing Friday will be the first to move through in the coming days. As mentioned, a low forming off the coast of California will move onshore towards the end of the weekend, and with that, moisture levels will be increasing. This sets the stage for another round of storms Sunday through the middle of next week.
A fire weather watch has already been issued in anticipation of next week’s storms. It goes into effect Sunday morning and continues through Monday evening. As with the last few storms systems that passed, abundant lightning is expected, along with locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna