Wet weather will make a comeback in Del Norte County this weekend and is expected to continue through Thursday, according to National Weather Service forecasters.
Crescent City could see 2.75 inches of rain through Monday evening, though NWS Meteorologist Scott Carroll predicted Friday that as much as 3-4 inches of rain may fall in the area with higher amounts at higher elevations. The first system is expected to arrive on the coast Saturday with another arriving Sunday, Carroll said.
“Our forecast is calling for, right in Crescent City, about 2 and three-quarters of an inch of rain and that’s only through Monday evening,” Carroll said. “We’re still expecting rainfall to continue probably on into Wednesday and more showery rainfall into Thursday.”
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for coastal Del Norte and Humboldt counties, predicting southwest gusts of 40 to 50 mph. According to Carroll, some gusts could get as high as 70 mph with the strongest winds being in the higher elevations of Humboldt County.
These weather systems will affect Crescent City at a time when precipitation is about 50 percent below normal for the water year, which began Oct. 1, according to Carroll.
During a normal water year, Crescent City would have received 26.63 inches of precipitation as of Friday morning, Carroll said, but so far the area has received 13.30 inches since October.
According to Carroll, the one-month outlook shows equal chances of below and above normal rainfall for the area. However, the three-month outlook, which extends through March, shows a “little bit better than even chances of below normal rain,” he said.
“We may end up below normal, but it’s too early to tell,” Carroll said. “We’re getting back into a period of more rainfall over the next several days, so that’s probably going to bring us up closer to normal, but that’s a pretty big deficit.”
The series of storm systems will also make snow levels fluctuate.
According to Carroll, lower snow levels of about 2,500 feet may be found in Trinity County and the extreme eastern part of Del Norte County and Humboldt County. Along the coast and further to the south, snow levels will start at about 4,000 to 4,500 feet, according to Carroll.
For more information about the weather forecast, visit www.weather.gov/eka.