Storm expected to bring heavy rain and snow to Northern California

Valley rain and mountain snow is expected in much of the West.

Residents across NY may experience some flooding as the freezing rain and melting snow hits, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office is urging citizens to take precautions in case that occurs. As high pressure slides off the coast, we will have a brisk south wind. As the precipitation slows down Saturday night, it will change to an icy mix.

Winds will also increase through those regions, potentially producing blizzard conditions in parts of the Dakotas, Nebraska, western Iowa and Minnesota. On Friday there is a slight chance of rain and snow in the morning. Along with the snowfall, blowing and drifting snow could make travel hazardous with near blizzard like conditions. While rain has already swept across a large portion of the Lower 48, the second system is said to bring colder temps with Colorado seeing up to 12 inches in the next 24 hours.

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Spokane is expected to get about 1 to 3 inches of snow. The strongest winds will be found from west central to south central Minnesota where winds could gust to 40 miles per hour.

Rain is possible Wednesday night and Thursday, before rain changes to snow late Thursday afternoon as daytime temperatures fall to below freezing. Blowing and drifting is possible on Marias Pass. The average accumulation by this time in the month is 4.7 inches. Coupled with high winds, travel could become extremely risky if not impossible. Highs are forecast to reach only the teens in Duluth on Thursday, and the single digits above zero on Friday.

  • Adam Floyd