Special Weather Statement - Series of Weak Systems will Bring Periods of Rain and Mountain Snow

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 16, 2017 / comments

...A series of weak systems will bring periods of rain and mountain snow to Northern California today through Thursday...

A wet pattern developing today will continue through Thursday. This will bring periods of rain with light higher elevation mountain snow accumulations.

Impacts...

Wet roads could bring longer commute times. Mountain travel delays and chain controls over the west slopes of the Sierra Nevada crest are possible but not likely.

Timing and Strength...

The first system will spread rain along the coastal range and locally into the western portions of the valley during the morning hours. Precipitation will then spread over the remainder of the area in the afternoon. Snow levels will be near pass levels or higher during the day but lower this evening to near 6500 feet.

Weak systems will continue the potential for rain and light higher elevation mountain snow accumulations Monday night into Tuesday, and again Wednesday night into Thursday. Each successive system will have less precipitation associated with it.

Valley and foothill thunderstorms are possible Tuesday afternoon into the early evening hours when the thunderstorm threat ends.

Detailed forecast for Motherlode

Today

Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs 56 to 68. Prevailing southeast winds up to 10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon.

Tonight

Rain in the evening, then a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows 43 to 53. Prevailing south winds up to 15 mph.

Monday

Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain showers in the morning, then rain showers likely in the afternoon. Highs 52 to 64 higher elevations...58 to 68 lower elevations. Prevailing south winds up to 10 mph.

Monday Night

A chance of rain in the evening, then rain likely after midnight. Lows 44 to 54. Prevailing southeast winds up to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy. Rain showers likely in the morning, then a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 56 to 68. Prevailing south winds up to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers. Colder. Lows 38 to 46.

Wednesday

Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers. Highs 58 to 70.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Lows 39 to 47.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers. Highs 56 to 68.

Thursday Night Through Friday Night

Mostly clear. Lows 40 to 51. Highs 58 to 73.

Saturday

Mostly sunny. Highs 69 to 79.