Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
Frosty Start, Windy & Sunny Afternoon | By: Eric McCormick
Brrrrrr, it was a cold start to the day with lots of frosty conditions. We dropped to 36° in Eureka and 34° in Crescent City, just shy of daily record lows. Temperatures are now on the rebound here at mid morning.
We’ve got a really nice weather day in store, and a near carbon copy of yesterday. Mostly sunny conditions will dominate again today, and winds will quickly become gusty along the coast and higher elevations by the early afternoon. These north winds will again blow between 15-25 miles per hour. Valley clouds should erode by late morning, and then we will watch for a few puffy cumulus clouds to develop across the higher inland terrain by late in the day. Like yesterday, there is the chance for a light shower or two across Eastern Del Norte and Western Siskiyou Counties.
Tonight will be chilly again, with scattered frost developing by Friday morning. Winds will be much lighter as we go through the night.
Friday’s forecast is dry as well, but a developing and approaching storm will send some extra mid and high clouds in our direction by the second half of the day. Winds, thankfully, won’t be as problematic tomorrow. Those building clouds you may notice are just a precursor to what is to come for the weekend, as widespread rain chances make a return.
Two systems remain on track to impact us this weekend. The first will be on our doorstep by sunrise Saturday, bringing widespread clouds and passing showers throughout the day. As the center of this storm arrives, winds will again become breezy at times through the day. The air mass will still be on the warm side, so winter weather concerns will be pretty minimal for passes across the region.
A second, colder storm will dive south and arrive Saturday night and into Sunday. This stronger storm will essentially absorb the first one, keeping the North Coast in a rainy and cloudy pattern through the second half of the weekend. In addition, snow levels will fall to around 2,500 – 3,000′ Sunday into Monday, so some light accumulations may cause slick travel at times across pass level. Low elevations may see some small hail at times in heavier showers. Models currently show rain totals to likely be beneficial, with some folks seeing over an inch of rain this weekend.
Our storm will then slowly drift southward on Monday, diminishing shower chances with time (but not ending them completely). Chances for some clearing and drier weather will increase towards the afternoon and evening hours.
For the middle of next week, our departed storm looks to linger and stall across parts of SoCal, but will be close enough to potentially still throw a few clouds, and maybe a shower, up to our neck of the woods once in awhile. The best chance for impacts will be across our interior higher terrain each afternoon, where a 20% shower chance will reside.
Enjoy the sunshine (6 ft apart from one another), and thanks for stopping by!
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