The main story today was in northern and central California where a tropical moisture plume brought significant rain to the region. While the heaviest rain fell south of Siskiyou county Mt. Shasta picked up .31 inches of rain today and further south in McCloud they saw over 1 inch of rain! Since the snow began earlier this week Mt. Ashland picked up 15 inches of snow and Crater Lake saw at least 15 inches, most likely closer to 20 inches and the Mt. Shasta ski park picked up 14 inches. Still not enough to open the slopes but we’re closer than we were a week ago!
A low pressure located in the Gulf of Alaska is going to keep the storm door open allowing front after front to push into the region this week bringing plenty more rain to the region. We’ll get a brief break Monday and Tuesday with only isolated showers on Monday mainly at the coast and Cascades, though shower activity will be light. Tuesday night wind and rain return with heavy rain at times through the work week! We’ll be tapping into tropical moisture as the “Pineapple Express” filters in heavy rain and wind directly to southern Oregon and northern California. With tropical moisture temperatures will remain mild and snow levels above pass level, though these are the storms that make a good base of snow for the mountains! A colder air mass will move in Sunday with lower snow levels, while it’s still a week away, snow levels look to drop to at least 4,000 feet.
Stay tuned to Newswatch12 for the latest on the timing of each round of rain and wind we’ll see this week. Thanks for logging on and have a great evening!
Meteorologist Megan Parry