Spring officially started at 4:02 this morning and with it we saw peak winds start to push in at the coast as the cold front approached; the strongest winds will be at and just ahead of the cold front and once the front passes winds will ease up a bit but still be quite breezy. The front will make it through the coast and coast range by early to mid-morning then continue to push through northern California by late afternoon and tonight on the east side. Until the front passes winds will be increasing ahead of it, in particular where we see High Wind Warnings including at the coast (until 8am), Shasta Valley (until 2 pm), the east side including Summer Lake, Lakeview and Bly (until 8 pm), and a Wind Advisory for the Klamath Basin. We could see gusts up to 60 mph in these locations, the strongest wind gust so far was reported at Squaw Peak at 70 mph.
Snow levels remain high this morning around 5,500 feet as we’re still under the influence of the warm front, when the cold front moves through snow levels drop to 3,000 feet and by tomorrow morning 2,000 feet reaching 1,500 feet at times; by tomorrow morning we won’t have enough moisture to see any low level accumulation, mainly just a mix of rain and snow. Showers will continue tomorrow along and west of the Cascades with a few isolated showers on Friday as well.
Friday afternoon we start to dry out and see the return of some sunshine. This trend will continue through the weekend with temperatures warming back to normal by Sunday and just above that for your Monday.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry