Rain and Winds Increase

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The cold front has made its way onshore pushing the heaviest rain and strongest winds into our area. The coast and Northern California are getting the brunt right now. The valleys and the Basin will follow shortly. The satellite imagery is showing a break in the cloud coverage behind the cold front, therefore rain/snow activity Sunday morning will be mainly isolated and will diminish moving into the afternoon. Snow levels are expected to get down to 3,000′ Sunday morning. This will bring the best chance for isolated snow showers to the Cascades and Siskiyous. Sunday afternoon will be fairly dry with decreasing cloud coverage. Winds will also diminish throughout the day on Saturday.

Before the cold front passage, several watches and warning will remain in effect over the next several hours. A FLOOD WATCH remains in effect until Saturday at 10 pm. Rising streams and small scale flooding is expected with the increase in precipitation Saturday night. Debris and Landslide can also become a factor. Winds seem to be the biggest threat Saturday into Sunday. A HIGH WIND WARNING and a WIND ADVISORY is in effect until Sunday at 4 am. Sustained winds (especially along the coast and higher elevations) will be in the 40-60 mph range. Gusts could get as high as 80 mph. This will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.  With the rainfall over the last few days, small trees and power lines could become loosened, allowing wind to pose a threat.

A slight break in the action will occur Sunday evening and Monday during the day. However, with the active weather pattern we are experiencing, another series of storms will move in next week. The first of which will be Monday night into Tuesday. Snow levels will drop with this system to around the 2,500′, so expect snow in the Siskiyous and Cascades. Rain will also be a factor throughout next week.

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