The Next Weather Maker: Rain and snow chances increase Tuesday afternoon
We start Tuesday with continued cloudy and cool conditions with most of the precipitation on the coast and over the Coastal Range.
The chances for showers increase as we go through the day and it is even possible that snow levels could drop to Redding by the late afternoon hours and into the evening. The period of snow in Redding before the warmer air arrives could be long enough for accumulating snow.
Warm subtropical moisture will begin to raise snow levels Tuesday night and through Wednesday. Areas to the south closer to the Northern Sierra may see snow levels climb to or above 5,000 ft.
This will allow for a tremendous amount of snow melt creating a lot of run-off. This is why a small stream and urban flood watch has been issued.
Another low pressure system will arrive by Thursday morning and bring another round of heavy rain to higher elevations before colder air drops snow levels by Thursday afternoon.
If you will be travelling in the mountains the next few days, be sure to check the latest road conditions before heading out.
Expect lingering showers with mountain snow below 3,000 ft Friday and into this weekend. Most forecast models dry out the Northstate by Monday.
WINTER WEATHER: ROAD CONDITIONS
HEAVY RAIN/HIGH SNOW LEVELS