Colder and mainly dry for the valley; Mountain snowfall Sunday
Saturday, February 17th (5:30 pm)
After a very calm and mild Saturday, weather conditions will change with the next system moving through tonight. This is another system diving south out of the north, but unlike the past couple of similar systems, this one will have a greater impact for the Northstate. First off the wind will pick up becoming breezy for the next couple of days. Over in Modoc County we could see gusts up to 55 mph where a Wind Advisory is in place until 1 am Sunday morning.
The colder air in place will also drop temperatures back down to seasonal, topping out in the 50's for the valley and the 40's and 30's across the mountains. There will also be some moisture in place allowing for mountain snowfall down to 1500 feet. Several Winter Weather Advisories are in place mainly for the coastal range and southern cascades through Monday morning. Accumulation will be fairly light around 1 to 3 inches with some localized areas even more. While not the greatest numbers still keep an eye for any travel delays and chain restrictions as the roads will be slick.
Behind the system the colder air will remain and as the wind calms down the overnight temperatures will fall in the valley. A Freeze Watch goes into effect for the valley very early Monday through Wednesday morning. Subfreezing temperatures will be possible for an extended period of time so you might want to bring in any sensitive plants, wrap up any exposed pipes and make sure any outdoor pets have a warm place to sleep.
By the middle of the week temperatures will warm slightly will a chilly start each morning and afternoon highs back up in the 60's. Forecast models are strongly disagreeing with the end of the week and next weekend. Another system looks to move in but the overall strength and impact is tough to call right now. Stay on top of the forecast for any potential changes over the next couple of days.
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