Morning weather update

UPDATE NO. 2: I went out to get some photos/video of the snow, which is when it stopped snowing. Very uncooperative.

(UPDATE: About 10 seconds after posting this it started snowing!)

Looks like the chance for snow at sea level has passed, although dark clouds are hanging over Mack Town. The weekend will be cold, but dry.


Here’s a view of snow in the hills taken from the Arcata Bottoms this morning.


Here’s the view looking east toward the Hammond Bridge. The Mad River is nice and full.

Here’s the raw text from the National Weather Service in Eureka:

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
455 AM PST FRI FEB 25 2011

.SYNOPSIS…A COLD WEATHER SYSTEM WILL BRING SCATTERED RAIN AND
SNOW SHOWERS TO THE REGION TODAY. DRY BUT COLD WEATHER IS EXPECTED
ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. A WARMER STORM WILL AFFECT THE AREA NEXT
WEEK WITH THE POSSIBILITY FOR HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS.

&&

.DISCUSSION…MAIN FORECAST CONCERN CONTINUES TO REVOLVE AROUND THE
POTENTIAL FOR SNOW DOWN TO SEA LEVEL EARLY THIS MORNING. SO FAR
IT HAS BEEN A COLD RAIN ALONG THE NORTH COAST WITH TEMPERATURES OF
34-36F. BAND OF PRECIP MOVING THROUGH EARLY THIS MORNING LOOKS TO
BE THE LAST SHOT FOR SNOW…WITH WINDS GOING SLIGHTLY OFFSHORE. IT
WAS ABOUT THIS TIME IN FEBRUARY OF 2007 WHEN THUNDER-SNOW ROLLED
THROUGH ARCATA-EUREKA MUNI AIRPORT DUMPING 2-4 INCHES OF SNOW. SO
FAR WE`VE RECEIVED ONLY A FEW REPORTS OF SNOW MIXED WITH RAIN. IN
ADDITION…ASOS HAS BEEN REPORTING UNKNOWN PRECIP.

THE COLD AIR MASS WILL CONTINUE TO PLUNGE SOUTHWARD TODAY…WITH
THE BULK OF OPEN CELLULAR CONVECTION STAYING OFFSHORE. THE UPPER
LOW WILL DIG RIGHT OVER THE INTERIOR THIS AFTERNOON AND WE WILL
SEE A SECONDARY SPIKE IN SCATTERED SNOW SHOWER ACTIVITY…PRIMARILY
INLAND. A FEW MORE SHOWERS MAY ROLL ONTO THE COAST FROM THE OCEAN
AND IN THE WRAP AROUND THROUGH THIS EVENING. THE PRECIP LOOKS TO
WIND DOWN TONIGHT AS THE UPPER LOW MOVES INTO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
BY 4AM PST SATURDAY. AN ARCTIC HIGH WILL SETTLE OVER EASTERN
OREGON CREATING OFFSHORE WIND FLOW FOR NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA. IT
WILL GET REALLY COLD TONIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY. NEW RECORD LOW
TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE NORTH COAST. RECORDS ELSEWHERE
MAY BE IN JEOPARDY AS WELL. A HARD FREEZE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED
FOR TEMPERATURES OF 24-29F ALONG THE NORTH COAST.

SOLUTIONS HAVE BEEN INDICATING A WARM TYPE FRONT MOVING INTO THE
PAC NW ON SUNDAY…WITH PRECIP EXTENDING AS FAR SOUTH AS THE DEL
NORTE COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE BRUNT OF THE PRECIP LOOKS TO
HOLD OFF TIL MONDAY…WITH OVERRUNNING PRECIP PERHAPS OVERSPREADING
THE ENTIRE FORECAST AREA. SNOW LEVELS SHOULD RAMP UP ACROSS MOST
OF THE AREA ON MONDAY…EXCEPT IN CENTRAL/EASTERN TRINITY WHERE
SNOW MAY ACCUMULATE AS LOW AS 2KFT.

NEXT WEEK IS LOOKING WET AND STORMY…WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR
HEAVY RAIN AND BOUTS OF STRONG WIND. THE GFS HAS BEEN WAVERING
AROUND FROM RUN TO RUN…BUT OVERALL THE THEME IS FOR IT TO BE
WET. THIS STORM DOES LOOK TO BE WARMER…HOWEVER HEAVY SNOW
WILL LIKELY BE A CONCERN FOR THE UPPER ELEVATIONS. DJB

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  1. AJ

    It snowed for a few minutes around 10 a.m. in Arcata. There were patches of open sky at the time.

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