Two down and one to go. Our strong storm system that moved through the area Friday brought strong winds and heavy rain which toppled trees and caused the number of power outages in the area. Yesterday’s weak storm brought heavy rain to our south in El Dorado county with scattered showers locally. As a result, we have an impressive two day (Fri, Sat) storm total of 3.30 inches of rain here at the Shores. Another strong cold front will be moving through the area shortly with heavy rain likely in the foothills today. This storm will be more unstable than the last with thunderstorms and hail a possibility this afternoon. We can expect another 2 to 3 inches of rain out of this storm, with a possible storm total of 5 to 6 inches in Western Nevada County.
Snow levels in the Sierra will start around 8000 feet with heavy snow. Snow levels should fall to around 7000 feet by late this afternoon, dropping further to around 6000 feet by Monday morning. Hence, the NWS has posted a winter Weather Advisory for the Sierra, in effect from 4:00 PM this afternoon to 4:00 PM Monday afternoon for snow. Expect the 3 to 7 inches above 6500 feet, with up to 12 inches above 7500 feet, up to 14 inches over the ridge tops.
Along with heavy rain locally, expect strong winds up to 45 miles an hour, which may cause additional power outages in the area, so prepare for that.
Next week looks dry and mild under a ridge of high pressure. Our next focus though will be on the third week of February as long range models are showing a pattern change around that time. We’ll keep you posted.
Stay safe everybody and enjoy your Sunday!