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Weather Forecast: Dry start but rain moves in tonight

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The pattern shift we’ve been waiting for is finally here but we’ll have to wait until tonight before the rain moves into the Northstate. Cloud covers lingers this morning making for more moderate overnight temperatures, still a little on the cool side so you might want that jacket. No big changes are expected for the afternoon with mostly cloudy skies, light wind and staying dry. Temperatures should top out in the low to mid 60s for the valley and the 50s across the mountains. By 4 o’clock when you’re about to head home is when the chances for rain increases as the area of low pressure off the coast moves farther north.

Showers will be scattered at first picking up pace by the evening and lingering through Thursday. This first wave is expected to be light with only a tenth to quarter of an inch expected. A second system follows through by Thursday night and Friday, not only stronger but colder as well. The wind is also expected to increase with this system staying breezy for most of Friday with some gusty conditions during the day. That’s where the majority of our rain will be with an additional half inch to three quarters, snow levels will also drop around 6500 feet ending as low as 4500 feet by early Saturday.

We’ll see a quick break from the wet weather lasting through the weekend and into early next week. The good news, forecast models keep the wetter pattern around with a third system moving in by Tuesday of next week with more rain for the Northstate.

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