With what might turn out to be the wettest storm of the year moving through, we are making some pretty good gains on the dry winter precipitation numbers. An atmospheric river will continue to pour moisture into the region, with high snow levels (between 7,000 and 7,500’). A Flood Watch is in effect for the mountains below 7,000’, and a Winter Storm Warning is posted above that elevation. Total snowfall amounts on the crests of the mountains could total 4 or more feet (of wet, heavy snow) and the lake itself could see rainfall amounts of a couple of inches or more.
In the valley, occasional heavy rain is also expected, although not to the extent that any significant flooding is expected. Temperatures will drop to the upper 40s Thursday, and will climb back into the 50s on Friday as we get a bit of a break in the precipitation.
After the break, another colder storm front moves through Friday night bringing a chance of valley snow showers (with only minor accumulations possible) and more significant mountain snow, with enough punch up there to cause some travel concerns by early Saturday.