Rain in fore­cast for Cen­tral Val­ley Thurs­day

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Rain is back in the fore­cast for the Val­ley floor and snow in the moun­tains, ac­cord­ing to Weatherag fore­cast­ers. There’s also a chance fog may set in this week­end.

The best chance of rain is Thurs­day with light show­ers Fri­day morn­ing. An abun­dance of sub­trop­i­cal mois­ture is in the Pa­cific, west of Cal­i­for­nia, stated Scott Bor­gi­olo, Weatherag chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist. It is cur­rently be­ing di­rected at North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, but the cold front will even­tu­ally push though the state on Thurs­day.

Parts of the Val­ley could re­ceive any­where from a tenth of an inch to a third of an inch of rain on Thurs­day.

“Val­ley lo­ca­tions east of High­way 99 stand to re­ceive the most rain from this event,” Bor­gi­oli said.

Val­ley lo­ca­tions near the foothills could re­ceive up to half of an inch or rain, Bor­gi­oli stated. Foothill lo­ca­tions may see be­tween 1-2 inches of rain and up to 3 inches in the moun­tains.

Lo­cal moun­tain snow lev­els will grad­u­ally lower to 6,500-7,000 feet Thurs­day af­ter­noon and could get down to 6,000 feet Thurs­day night into Fri­day.

“To­tal snow amounts will vary from 3-6 inches up to nearly a foot in some spots,” Bor­gi­oli said.

Winds will be gusty over the moun­tains and passes with gusts 40-50 mph in spots.

“In the Val­ley, we could see a few gusts of wind to 20 mph on Thurs­day, mainly in the af­ter­noon and evening,” Bor­gi­oli said.

There ex­ists the pos­si­bil­ity of lin­ger­ing light Val­ley show­ers Fri­day morn­ing, but it should be dry from Fri­day af­ter­noon through Sun­day af­ter­noon. Partly cloudy skies are ex­pected Fri­day and mostly clear with just some pass­ing clouds Satur­day.

Any amount of pre­cip­i­ta­tion would be wel­comed at this point. The last round of storms dropped some rain on the south­ern Val­ley foothills and moun­tains, but noth­ing mea­sur­able. Porter­ville av­er­ages .84 inches of rain­fall this time of year, but has not recorded any rain this sea­son.

High temps Thurs­day will be in the mid to up­per 60’s, then fall to around 60 on Fri­day. Lows Thurs­day night will mostly be be­tween the low and mid 40’s.

Fri­day night, if the clouds clear out, lows can dip into the mid and up­per 30’s in the ru­ral ar­eas to around 40/low 40’s in the

ci­ties and there could be some patchy fog. Some of the typ­i­cally colder ru­ral ar­eas may have the po­ten­tial to see some frost and lows near freez­ing, but this is highly de­pen­dent on clouds clear­ing and calm winds. High temps Satur­day will be in the low to mid 60’s, then around the mid 60’s Sun­day. Low temps Satur­day night have the po­ten­tial to dip into the low and mid 30’s across the ru­ral ar­eas and up­per 30’s to low 40’s in the ci­ties. At this time it looks like Sun­day night all val­ley ar­eas should have lows above 40 de­grees.

Fog may form as early as Satur­day morn­ing and also Sun­day morn­ing.

“In fact, there will prob­a­bly be enough mois­ture on the ground to have ar­eas of dense fog with late clear­ing times if con­di­tions align just right,” he said.

Look­ing to next week, mod­els bring the next sys­tem into the Val­ley on Sun­day evening or into Mon­day. This sys­tem could bring rain­fall across the en­tire state.

An­other sys­tem may ar­rive around Thanks­giv­ing day, as mod­els cur­rently project a sys­tem bring­ing pre­cip­i­ta­tion into at least the north­ern por­tions of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

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