Keep the Jackets Handy…
The forecast hasn’t changed much in the past week since I last posted. We still have a low pressure that is going to work its way down the coast and bring us much colder temperatures and a little snow Sunday into Monday.
I decided to take advantage of the nice weather this week and took a trip up to Redding. Got to spend several days on Shasta Lake in the boat and in 90 degree temperatures. The lake is only about 5 feet from being completely full which is amazing after being down about 150 ft. lower than that in 2008.
Drove through Lassen Park on the way and there is still snow on the ground along the highway and Lassen is still buried. Looks like some great back country skiing if you want to make the hike. Shasta of course is just a big white dome and it will be for a while.
We have some white of our own on the way this weekend. A cold low pressure is currently spinning in the Gulf of Alaska. That is going to make its way down the coast through the weekend. Highs in the 60′s today and tomorrow will be 20 degrees colder on Sunday and Monday. On the mountains it will only be in the 30′s.
Precip is looking pretty meager with this system but we may have some accumulation especially when the cold front pushes through. Models are showing enough liquid for 3-6 inches of snow on the higher peaks above 8000 ft. Snow levels will drop to lake level by Sunday night but not expecting more than a coating of snow. Will just have to monitor the band of snow with the front and its timing. If the heaviest snow occurs at night there is a better shot at some accumulation at lake level.
We begin to dry out and rebound on Tuesday and then we are back into the 60′s by Wednesday and Thursday next week. Looking long-range the models have been pretty consistent all week in showing a cold cut-off low around Monday the 16th. That could bring another shot of colder air and some precip briefly before warming up again.
The pattern this weekend through the next couple of weeks keeps a ridge in the Central Pacific and just to our East. In the heart of Winter this would keep our storm door open. In the second half of Spring it will keep the door open to a weak storm once a week or so and keep us from getting really warm. It should be at least a couple of weeks before we are in the 70′s again. Stay tuned…BA
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