A low pressure system is moving inland this morning bringing the first round of rain and snow to the area with snow levels hovering around 2,000 feet. Another front will impact the region this afternoon but snow levels won’t be changing much, the best chance to see snow at the lower elevations will be if heavy snow falls above 2,000 feet which acts to cool the atmospheric column and dropping snow levels. I really think most areas in the valleys will just deal with rain today rather than snow. Travel impacts are likely on the Cascade passes and perhaps Siskiyou Summit at times. Carry chains and extra supplies and be sure to check road conditions before heading out! You can find out more on how to prepare a winter travel kit on the weather homepage. Tonight we’ll see a few showers linger and some areas see the return of the fog as high pressure starts to build back into the region, a better chance for fog will be in the overnight Thursday.
We’ll see a repeat pattern through the weekend with another front moving through Saturday bringing light rain and snow to the region late Friday into Saturday. Then again a high pressure ridge builds back in Sunday through Tuesday so fog is likely again in the valleys and basin. Another storm system looks to be moving in after the first of the year, but to end 2012 looks like we’ll be dry.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry