Nov 8, 2012 12:10 AM by Dave Hovde
It is going to feel a lot more like winter over the next few days, temperatures will continue to fall on Thursday as the first in a series of cold air impulses pushes through the area.
NW winds will increase on Thursday as well, 15-25mph by the later afternoon.
As the first impulse pushes through the low clouds near the coast will likely produce some areas of drizzle, especially early on Thursday. Then there looks to be a period of variable clouds before cloudy conditions re-develop Thursday night into Friday as the second and stronger front arrives.
We should still squeeze out 60s on Thursday but Friday's highs may not get out of the 50s.
The challenge of the forecast is how much rain will be produced, I think the system is moisture-starved. Scattered showers will likely produce less than .10". There is a chance of a thunderstorm on Friday due to the extremely cold air aloft at that time, but it is a slight chance.
Snow levels need to be considered, it could drop as low as 2500-3000ft on Friday, so a few snow showers may be possible at the highest elevations in the coastal mountains. Snow elsewhere in California looks more likely elsewhere, like the Sierra.
As to when skies clear, the answer is later Friday night into Saturday. But it'll still be cool Saturday. Sunday and Monday will be clear but it'll also be cold overnight, interior valleys could see temperatures near freezing both mornings. However afternoon highs do increase next week back into the 70s.
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