A cold front just offshore will make it’s way through the region today, ahead of the system we’ll see strong winds especially at the coast, the ridges, and the east side as well as in the Shasta Valley and Summer Lake areas. Heaviest precipitation will fall during the daylight hours today ahead of the front, but as the front passes temperatures and snow levels will plummet. By early this evening we’ll see snow levels drop to around 1,500 feet bringing snow to most valleys and and down to 500 feet by tomorrow morning. Snow will likely lead to hazardous travel conditions for the passes today and even for lower elevations by tomorrow morning. Remember you can check road conditions under weather links, and dial 511 for current road conditions while you’re traveling. Be sure to carry chains and extra supplies if headed over the high country, find out what to do on the weather homepage.
For snow we could see up to 2″ below 1,000 feet tonight, and 4″ for favored areas above 2,000 feet surrounding the valleys. By the weekend the mountains will see well over a foot of fresh snow!
Several more waves of energy will slide in behind the cold front tomorrow and Friday continuing the chance for snow showers to the valley floor in the overnight and morning hours. Another system moves in this weekend although the timing is as of yet uncertain, but the start of next week is looking dry and sunny!
I’ll be updating my Facebook with road conditions and weather reports and always love to hear about weather at your location and see your photos! And be sure to stay tuned to Newswatch 12 starting at 5 AM for any school delays/ closures and road conditions. Thanks for logging on and travel safely!
Meteorologist Megan Parry