RAISIN WEATHER REPORT by Rufus La Lone:

Cool Wait – Jan 25th

Last week of the month already.  Lots of weather action coming.  Mugs up!

Mostly dry, mild until late Wed.  Rain will move in over the NW corner of WA first, then push across the entire PNW by Thu.  The storm will be loaded with moisture, so expect multiple inches in the coast range, 1-2″ inland before clearing on Fri.  Chilly temps over the weekend, with snow levels down considerably, as the cold front sweeps into CA over the weekend.  The PNW will be on the cold side of ‘the jet’; no real threat for valley snow, just a snow-tease is possible under a heavy shower.  The major weather action will hold off until early February.

A tightly-packed storm is progged to slam into CA beginning Sunday morning.  We will remain on the cold side, but this storm will increase in intensity to become another major impact winter storm for the nation.  It will spin across the country, drawing warm air ahead (potential for damaging thunderstorms) of a vigorous cold front (potential for heavy snow) all while packing a strong wind field.  For the PNW, chilly temps will hold through Groundhog Day, with icy mornings if the sky clears in your area.  By Wed, Feb 3 expect a series of deluge-like pacific storms to hit the entire west coast.  California could be in for damaging floods, wind & heavy snow in their mountains.  Our region will also be hammered with high winds !!, heavy rain, multiple feet of mountain snow.  Currently, the series of storms will bring-it-on from Feb 3 thru Feb 12.  Yes, more than a week – if the models verify – that could become a notable wx episode.  The cool wait will begin this weekend.

Be prepared should all of this weather action come into play.  Updates here, and for sure through the Nat’l Wx Service offices across the west.  Travel, by land or air, may be a struggle for some for the first half of February.

 “Rain, rain.  The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834

Leaving off until reporting from Santa Cruz on Friday,

-Rufus

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