A little update for today, but time is a little limited.
Northwest: More snow will fall in Oregon today, specifically from Eugene to Portland and moving east. New snowfall totals from this second storm are going to average 3 to 6 inches west of the Cascades with the Eugene area at least seeing a changeover to sleet, freezing and snow tonight but mostly all snow farther north. Three to six inches are also likely through the Columbia Gorge to the Redmond/Bend region. Snow developing tonight continues into part of Saturday in the Tri-Cities area with Pendleton and surrounding areas probably getting 2 to 6 inches. Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday in northwest Oregon temperatures modify enough for mixed precipitation but also light precipitation as all the real storminess stays south. However, roads will continue to be slick and a little ice on top of the snow is not much of an improvement.
California: Not much change in my thinking from yesterday so you can go back to yesterday's posting to see what was said. Here are two interesting graphics though. The first is Total Precipitable Water in the atmosphere across the Pacific and into the West as derived by satellite.
Notice the nose of high TPW (greens) aimed right at northern California. And this is the reason the models all are consistent on bringing this area the heaviest precipitation through Sunday night. Here is what the GFS has for total precipitation from Friday morning to Monday morning.
I will try to do some tweeting over the weekend but I also will be enjoying some down time with the grand kids and wife. After this week, the down time is definitely needed.
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A powerful second punch is offshore right now and comes inland during the early morning hours. It will bring moderate to heavy rain for the Friday morning rush.
The main storm will move in off the Pacific Thursday and Friday.
Last year by the end of April the drought in California was very bad. Since then it has become even worse.
A big change is coming to California Sunday into next week.
Populated areas are going to have problems. Expect local wind damage in addition to travel problems for high-profile vehicles.
As far as April storms go this will be a decent one