The National Weather Service’s extended forecast keeps on improving for California. As we move closer to March, temperatures are expected to remain well below average, while precipitation is forecasted to be above average. This is the perfect combination for some of those strong pacific storms from Alaska to move into the area. Keep those snow dances going, as we’re going to need them.
The below average temperatures that are currently in place will allow snow to fall all the way down the valley floors.
Additional Pattern Change Info:
California: Below Average Temperatures & Above Average Precipitation Is In The Forecast
California Week 2 Outlook:
.Week 2 Outlook...Feb 27th-Mar 4th...Issued 3am 2/19 After another very dry winter in the Sierra, conditions are finally starting to look favorable for a transition to a more stormy pattern. The high pressure that has been entrenched along the west coast is finally forecast to retrograde westward likely allowing storms from the Gulf of Alaska to again make their way into the region. This will also be a cold pattern for the region with below average temperatures likely to persist into early March. Next week into next weekend we could see multiple more cold slider type storms with light to moderate addition snow amounts. By the beginning of March there is a decent possibility that the high pressure in Pacific will continue to retrograde allowing stronger storms coming out of the Gulf of Alaska to move over the Pacific before making it into the Sierra. This could allow the first real chance of seeing strong cold storms into the region than we did all "winter". While there is never a guarantee for strong storms as far out as week 2, the pattern is beginning to look favorable, and after another record-breaking dry winter in the Sierra this would be a welcome pattern change. -Zach