We did start off with cloudy skies Tuesday and even some mountain fog. However, when the sun warmed the temperatures, the clouds lifted to produce sunny skies. Temperatures were high again today and got above seasonal average. Normally we see 50’s in the valley and at the coast and 40’s in the Basin this time of the year; but most areas saw temperatures that were 10 degrees above normal. This beautiful weather will be short-lived however, as more rain is on the way.
A cold front is on track to move onto the coast Wednesday afternoon. With this front will come rain and winds. Scattered showers are expected in some areas in the early hours on Wednesday, but the start of the rain will move in around 5 a.m. The heaviest rain will be right ahead of the front in the afternoon. Rain will persist after frontal passage as there is still some instability and moisture behind the front. Therefore, I expect rain to last through Thursday as well.
Winds will also become a factor into Thursday. The closer the cold front gets, the higher the winds become. A WIND ADVISORY and a WIND WARNING will start on Wednesday around 4 p.m and last until 10 a.m. Thursday. Winds will be the strongest near the coast, Eastern Klamath Co. and Lake Co. winds here will be sustained out of the South from 20-50 mph. Gusts could reach 70 mph. Any high profile vehicles in these areas should heed caution. As the rain falls, the soil will become saturated and the wind gusts could bring down small trees and power lines. After frontal passage, winds will die off and light showers will persist.
High pressure moves in starting Friday. High pressure inhibits clouds from forming therefore we will see cloud coverage decrease on Friday and mostly sunny skies on Saturday. Because the clouds will be scarce, the sun will have a chance to heat up temperatures quicker, allowing temperatures to rise into the upper 60’s on Saturday. We could even hit the 70’s in some locations; a sure sign that Spring is on the way!
Thanks for logging on and have a good one!
Meteorologist Seth Phillips