Heading into the end of the workweek and the weekend, models are suggesting that we are eyeing our next rain chance move onshore for the West Coast. An area of low pressure in our upper atmosphere will slide into the region, bringing winds from the Southwest, which will pick up Pacific moisture and funnel it once again onto the West Coast.
The best potential for accumulating rainfall will be for northern California’s coast on Friday and Saturday as well as the hills around Santa Barbara, which were slammed with rain earlier this morning. We want to remind you to take these potential numbers with a grain of salt since this forecast is still a handful of days out.
We run the risk of flooding concerns by the coast and the threat of heavy snowfall in the Sierra Nevada. This is where the Weather Prediction Center [WPC] has highlighted the potential into the President’s Day weekend.
Rain moves onshore late Friday night and Saturday morning for northern California. By Saturday night and into Sunday rain and snow will become more widespread through the entire state with high-elevation snowfall.