Friday, January 24th, 2020
A Soggy Saturday | By: Chief Meteorologist Dan Romano
If you have any outdoor plans this weekend, you might want to push them off until Sunday. And even then, Mother Nature might not fully cooperate.
A warm front has lifted up from the south bringing with light rain. Showers will hang around through the overnight hours, but this is just a preview of what’s to come tomorrow. Temps tonight will be fairly mild, with lows in the upper 40s to low 50s. Patchy fog will develop from time to time, as well.
A train for moisture will bring bouts of moderate to heavy rain to the region tomorrow. So although there maybe an hour or two of dry weather, periodic downpours will be quick to fill in the gaps. Rain totals by tomorrow evening will end up around 1 to 2 inches, with locally 3 to 5 inches possible in the more favored terrain like the mountains of Del Norte and southwestern Humboldt Counties. Snow levels will stay well above 5,000 feet for a good portion of the day, meaning that there is a heightened threat for washout and slides across our more susceptible roads. Flooding will also be possible near smaller creeks and streams where downpours are more persistent.
Another frontal boundary will sweep through the area late Saturday evening, and that should help clear things out on Sunday. However, the threat for scattered showers will linger even though pockets of sunshine will be present. Snow levels will come down to roughly 4,000 feet, but the bulk of the precipitation will have cleared out of the region by then.
A second potent storm system will arrive just as we kick off the following workweek. Rain is expected to spread across the area by Monday afternoon, and the wet weather is expected to linger through a good part of Tuesday. Temperatures continue to run mild, so we don’t have much in the way of winter weather concerns.
After that, there isn’t a ton of confidence on how the middle of the week will turn out. An area of high pressure will build off the Southern California coast. If that area of high pressure strengthens enough, storm systems will be pushed well to the north into Washington and Oregon. However, if that high turns out to be relatively weak, then the door will be open for more disturbances to roll through the North Coast. Either way, there is good agreement that we will stay mild for much of next week, with high temps in the 50s and 60s. We’ll keep fine tuning the forecast over the coming days.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy your weekend!
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Chief Meteorologist Dan Romano’s passion for weather began when he was very young. When asked by his first-grade teacher why he loves his parents so much, Dan answered, “Because they let me watch the Weather Channel instead of… (Read More)
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