Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Eureka say winter weather is here, despite forecasts for a dry weekend in Crescent City.

Meteorologist Alex Dodd said an incoming system could bring weekend rain north of the Oregon border, but Crescent City should see a dry weekend.

“The next front comes in Monday evening,” he said, noting rain will then come and go, with dry period lasting six to 12 hours at a time. “For the most part, that will continue through Thursday.”

He said predicting that far out isn’t certain, but next weekend may dry out between incoming weather patterns. He said Del Norte County could see a bit of dry weather next weekend.

“The weather pattern has shifted into winter mode,” he said.

Asked about the possibility of snow and ice on local passes, Dodd said snow may appear in the 4,500 to 5,000 foot level, but almost all county highways are well below that range.

Thursday’s storm stirred up the ocean somewhat, but Dodd said they may reach into the 10 to 12 foot range by Saturday. He said waves should calm by Sunday, making it a great day to go to the ocean. However, waves are predicted to return by Monday, he said, possibly reaching heights of 15 to 17 feet.

Temperatures are expected to remain the same this weekend, in the mid to upper 50s, making it an opportune time to do some pre-winter cleaning or holiday decorations.

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