The storm that has been affecting our area since Saturday is sticking around a bit longer and dropping some much needed rain. A cold front that moved into our area last night stalled and is causing the rain to hang around. This storm is also caught in a south-to-north upper-level jet stream pattern. When this happens, the storms move slower than normal which allows for more rain to fall over the course of a few hours. One drawback to this flow is flooding. Localized flooding is a concern near low lying streams and urban streets. Concrete does not hold water well and if an intersection or street has poor drainage, the water could back up. Please heed caution if driving in flooded areas, and remember to never cross a street that is covered with water.
Winds are still a factor as the front has not cleared the area yet. The wind warning for the coast has been revoked, however there is a WIND ADVISORY that went into affect Sunday morning and will continue until Monday at 5 a.m. This Warning is for E. Klamath, Lake, and Modoc Counties. SW sustained winds will be anywhere from 35-40 mph and gusts could reach 55 mph in some areas. Strong crosswinds are expected along Hwy. 31 and Strong headwinds will be experienced in the passes of the Warner Mountains.
Rain totals along the coast have been anywhere from 3″ to over 5.50″ since Saturday night. Northern California has seen up to 3″ of rain and everywhere else has seen anywhere from 0.50″ to 1″. These totals are expected to increase as we have more rainfall heading into Saturday night.
Snow levels on Sunday will remain around 6,500′. A strong cold front will pass Sunday night which will pull in some arctic air into the area. This will lower snow levels down to 4,500′ by Monday morning. The upper levels of the Cascades and Siskiyous will see the best chance for a snow/rain mix in the early morning hours. This snowfall will be a light dusting at best and total snowfall accumulation is estimated to be around 1″ in the Cascades. It is unlikely that the Siskiyous will see any snow accumulation. Precipitation is slated to move out of the area in the afternoon on Monday as high pressure builds into the area. Temperatures for next week will be warmer and most days will see mostly sunny skies.
Thanks for logging on and have a great week!
Meteorologist Seth Phillips