By Michael Weber
CHICO — It’s a one-two punch.
After a set of two storms rolled through the north state last weekend, another two-storm system is again on its way, poised to bring more rain and snow to the north valley today through late Sunday night.
Craig Shoemaker, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sacramento, said the current pattern of rain and dry periods is expected to continue into Christmas but is uncertain if storms will continue into January.
Beginning today through early Friday, rain from the first storm is forecast to impact the valley and the foothills with a 50-70% probability for a 24-hour period of rain.
Red Bluff is forecast to see 0.51 inches of rain, Chico with 0.56 inches, Oroville with 0.66 inches, Paradise with 1.11 inches and Magalia with 1.25 inches.
Temperature lows in the area are forecast to be in the low 40s with temperature highs in the high 40s to low 50s.
Snow is forecast to impact northern mountains above 2,500-3,500 feet and the Sierra Nevada above 3,000-4,000 feet with Interstate 5 into Oregon to see 6-8 inches of snow, Lassen peak with 18-24 inches and Donner Pass with 6-8 inches.
Then, beginning late Friday, a second storm is expected to bring more rain than the first with the heaviest precipitation to occur Saturday night, Shoemaker said
In the second storm, Red Bluff is expected to see 2.12 inches of rain, Chico should get about 2.33 inches, Oroville about 2.34 inches, Paradise about 4.3 inches and Magalia about 4.58 inches.
A heavier amount of snow lowering snow is forecast to occur from 2,500-3,500 feet elevation across the Northern California mountains.
Interstate 5 into Oregon is forecast to see 12-18 inches of snow, Lassen Peak with 48-60 inches of snow and Donner Pass with 36-48 inches of snow.
After the storm passes, freezing temperature with lows from 29 to 33 degrees are forecast in the north valley beginning Sunday night through Wednesday.
Shoemaker said California is in its third year of La Niña, and while the state is experiencing wet weather right now, there is uncertainty the same amount of rain will continue into the new year.
Shoemaker said October 2022, as an example, was the wettest month of the year with 24 hour rain, 6-8 inches in the valley and 10-12 inches in the mountains; but also had a very dry January, February and March.
“Just because we started off this way, that doesn’t mean for sure that this is a sign the rest of the year is going to go,” Shoemaker said. “We really need to have a normal or above-normal January, I think, to say for sure that we’ve got a good shot of an above-normal year.”
Source: Paradise Post