Take a deep breath. The weekend is upon us! Soggy weather conditions can be expected in the West as a storm nears the California coast. For the Golden State, rain showers will become steadier and more widespread tonight and Saturday with snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The rain that fell this morning was enough to cause a few traffic snags and with more rain on the way mudslides will be a concern at the recent burn sights northeast of downtown L.A. For days, a shallow, cold air mass has been over the Northwest and as the moisture from the CA storm moves into Portland, Oregon, freezing drizzle can fall for a time tonight before changing over to rain tomorrow morning. The majority of the Northwest, however, will see snow this weekend as another arctic air mass moves in from the north.
Rain returns to the South this weekend but it’s not like they need it! After two consecutive years with below normal rainfall, Atlanta has had a surplus of 63″ this year. Montgomery, AL is also close to 20″ above normal. Freezing drizzle may occur Saturday night in sections of Arkansas and Iowa.
The lake effect snow will diminish tonight as drier air moves in on light south winds. Snow has been significant in New York state with the Tug Hill Plateau picking up close to 20″. Snowfall rates were about 1-3″ an hour in western NY, northwestern PA and lower MI.
Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and dry in the Northeast followed by a wet Sunday.
Have a great weekend!