Pattern Change On Tap For California | Cold Pacific Storms Looking More & More Likely

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Cold temperatures in store this week. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA

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.

7 day snowfall totals. Image: Tropical Tidbits
7 day precipitation totals. Image: NOAA

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:

Extended forecast is looking good. Image: NOAA Reno, NV
Positive change on tap. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA

California: Below Average Temperatures & Above Average Precipitation Is In The Forecast

6-10 day temperature outlook. Image: NOAA
6-10 day precipitation outlook. Image: NOAA

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

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

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