After a few days of dry, sunny weather, another storm system is approaching the coast. This upper level low will push a series of fronts into our area that will increase the rain and the potential for winds. Rain will start in Coos and Curry Counties as well as parts of western Josephine County. The strongest of the cold fronts is set to push in around midnight on Monday. The heaviest of the rain will fall ahead of the front. In terms of rainfall through the next few days, 3″ to 4″ is expected along the coast and Northern California, 1″ to 2″ in the Western Valleys, and 1″ or below in Klamath County and East of the Cascades.
Winds will also become a factor with this storm. A HIGH WIND WARNING will be in effect from 7 p.m. Saturday night until 1 a.m. Sunday morning. This warning is for the Northern Coast and will see winds peaking around 11 p.m. A WIND ADVISORY will go into effect for the Shasta Valley, Eastern Klamath county and all of Lake County starting at 5 a.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday. Winds will be sustained out of the south around 25-40 mph. Gusts in this area could reach 55 mph. Any high profile vehicles will experience strong winds driving in these areas.
Snow levels remain above pass level through Sunday. After the cold front passes Monday morning, cooler air will filter in and drop the snow levels down to 4,000′. Snow is not expected to be a problem as the moisture with the system will end fairly early on Monday. I expect there will be a rain/snow mixture in the upper elevation early Monday morning. After temperatures get above the freezing level, rain will take over.
High pressure builds into our area starting on Tuesday. This will decrease the clouds and allow for more sun to warm temperatures up again. Partly cloudy to sunny skies are whats in store for next week starting Wednesday. We should not see rain again until the start of next week.
Thanks for logging on and enjoy the weekend.
Meteorologist Seth Phillips