Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Forecasters at the National Weather Service In Eureka say the cold weather seen in Del Norte County this week should begin to subside soon.

Meteorologist Ryan Aylward said that while lighter rain will linger into Saturday, skies should clear Sunday and remain so until Wednesday.

“On Wednesday, we’ll have another storm with more rain,” he said. “We’re looking at a gradual warmup reaching the low to mid-50s by midweek.”

Aylward noted that the normal high temperature for this time of year is about 54 degrees.

Travelers driving Highway 199 could see more snow around the 1,500 foot level Saturday night.

A week of weather

Exact measurements were not available, but snowplow operators told NMW that about 18 inches of snow had accumulated over Highway 199 near the state line.

On the Del Norte Coast, gusty wind came and went several times from Wednesday night through Friday, with gusts reaching 47 mph, Aylward said.

A beach hazard warning for high waves was also lifted Friday night. Aylward said breaker measurements were close to 20 feet, but that such heights are typical for this time of year.

In 72 hours from Wednesday to Friday, the coast received 2.29 inches of rain, putting Crescent City at about 14 inches below normal. Normal rainfall amounts in Crescent City at this point would be 44 inches, Aylward said.