By Troy Nicolini
NOAA’s National Weather Service
The first in a series of strong storm systems will begin to influence northwest California Tuesday night, January 17, as strong southerly winds develop ahead of an advancing frontal system. Wind gusts up to 45 mph will occur along the coast Tuesday night into Wednesday while gusts exceeding 60 mph can be expected at higher elevations of Humboldt and Del Norte counties. At the same time, heavy rain will expand across all of northwestern California late Tuesday night into Wednesday and then continue into the weekend as multiple storm system influence the region. Total rainfall through Saturday will range from 4 to 8 inches with locally higher amounts over 11 inches in preferred locations such as the King Range, Siskiyou Mountains, and South Fork Mountain.
Check out our web page at http://www.weather.gov/eureka for more information.
Here comes some rain. From the NWS in Eureka:
A SERIES OF WET PACIFIC STORMS TO AFFECT NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA
TUESDAY NIGHT INTO THE WEEKEND…
HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ACROSS NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA LATE
TUESDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE INTO THE WEEKEND AS A SERIES OF STORMS
MOVE ACROSS THE REGION. THIS WILL RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT RISES TO
AREA RIVERS AND STREAMS. RIVERS WILL BEGIN TO RISE WEDNESDAY AND
CONTINUE AT HIGH LEVELS IN MANY AREAS OF NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA
THROUGH THE WEEKEND.
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER LOCAL MEDIA FOR FURTHER
DETAILS OR UPDATES.
North Coast Interior
Upper Trinity River
From the NWS in Eureka:
…HARD FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN EUREKA HAS ISSUED A HARD FREEZE
WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM PST
* COLD AIR MOVING INTO THE REGION BEHIND A COLD FRONTAL PASSAGE
THIS MORNING AND PARTIALLY CLEARING SKIES OVERNIGHT WILL ALLOW
TEMPERATURES TO FALL INTO THE MID TO UPPER 20S LATE TONIGHT INTO
* PROLONGED TEMPERATURES THIS COLD COULD KILL CROPS AND RESULT IN
BROKEN WATER PIPES.
Instructions: A HARD FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.