Today we remain in southerly flow from the tropics ushering in unseasonably warm temperatures to all areas before a cold front moves through tomorrow dropping temperatures back to below normal by Thursday. Ahead of the front we’ll see winds increase this afternoon and overnight with the strongest winds in the typically windy places: the coast, ridges, east side, Summer Lake, and the Shasta Valley. Winds could gust up to 50-60 mph and there is a threat for thunderstorms at the coast through the day tomorrow that may produce small hail. For inland areas we’ll see widespread rain that may be heavy at times.
Temperatures and snow levels will drop during the day tomorrow with the passing of the front, down to around 2,000′ by the afternoon, 1000′ by the evening and even lower to 500′ by Thursday morning. That means rain will turn to snow even in the valleys and we could see up to 2 inches of snow on the valley floor by Thursday morning. This could impact travel at times and may lead to school closures, stay tuned to Newswatch 12 for the latest! Thursday morning starting at 5 am we will have the latest for any school closures and/or delays. The chance for valley snow will return again Thursday evening through Friday morning, we won’t see as much accumulation but again could lead to hazardous driving.
Through the end of the work week be prepare to run into hazardous winter driving conditions as we could see over a foot of snow fall in the mountains by Friday that will likely impact pass travel, but even at the low elevations we could run into problems. With rain falling tomorrow then temperatures dropping below freezing over night, we could see icy roads then the potential for snow to fall on top of that. Dan will have the latest starting tonight at 5!
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Meteorologist Megan Parry