Today we’ll see increasing clouds through the day ahead of the next cold front that will move through the area tomorrow, with rain as early as tonight for the coast. We’ll see strong winds ahead of this front as well for the typically windy places like the coast, ridges, Summer Lake, Shasta Valley and especially for the east side where we have a High Wind Watch in effect. This will help to improve air quality as the atmosphere is finally allowed to mix out the pollutants tomorrow. The heaviest rain and snow will fall along and west of the Cascades with a few lighter snow showers for the east side with potentially one to two inches of accumulation. This front will move through quickly tomorrow and we’ll be dry Thursday with some fog to star the day and the coast will see rain move in again late Thursday ahead of a stronger front that will move through this weekend.
Expect to see heavier rain and snow as well as strong gusty winds this weekend compared to tomorrow’s system. Snow levels will remain fairly high for both systems dropping to around 4,100 feet tomorrow and down to 3,500 feet for the weekend storms. This may impact travel at times especially if headed over the mountain passes, remember you can check road conditions as well as air quality levels under the weather links.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry