Northern California weather forecast: rain, snow and wind storms

Northern California weather forecast: rain, snow and wind storms

Northern California is bracing for wet and gloomy conditions this week as the first series of storms move into the region.

Meteorologists expect rain, wind and snow to cover the area from early Tuesday morning until at least Saturday afternoon.

The level of severity will vary depending on where you are, said meteorologist Dakari Anderson of the National Weather Service.

More wet weather is expected in the coming weeks.

Much of the state is expected to see wet conditions this winter, as a “super” El Niño makes its way across the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere.

The National Weather Service wrote on its website that El Niño and its counterpart La Niña are two weather phenomena that can affect weather patterns around the world with extreme pressure systems, rain and winds.

Weather patterns are characterized by four levels of severity, with “ultra” being the most severe, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The calendar predicts an extreme level of intensity this season.

What’s in the weather forecast for Northern California?

Here’s the weather forecast for Northern California through Monday morning:


The first wave of rain will hit mainly the northern valley, with the highest amounts concentrated in the Redding area along the Coastal Range.

Anderson said the rain is expected to ease by Tuesday afternoon, specifically in areas from Chico to south Red Bluff.

Sacramento could receive up to a tenth of an inch of rain, with lesser amounts further south. The hurricane is expected to reach areas from Redding to Yuba City by about a quarter of an inch.

The rain is expected to subside by Tuesday evening.


The most violent storm system is expected to hit Northern California on Wednesday. It will be concentrated in the southern part of the Sacramento Valley and the foothills.

Under a tenth of an inch of rain Rainfall ranging from a quarter-inch to nearly a half-inch is expected from Red Bluff to Modesto.

Light winds are expected in Sacramento and rainfall of more than a quarter inch. The strongest winds can blow on the hillsides, between 20 and 30 miles per hour.

Rainfall is expected to be “pretty much consistent” before tapering off early Thursday morning from North Sacramento to Redding, Anderson said. These areas may not see rain again until the end of the week.

No thunderstorms were in the forecast as of Monday morning.

Thursday to Saturday

Rain is expected over the weekend, although Anderson said the chance of rain “will change a little bit” as the week progresses.

There is a 10% to 40% chance of at least 4 inches of snow above 7,000 feet. weAnother service written on X, officially known as Twitter.

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This story was originally published November 13, 2023 at 11:59 am.

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Brianna Taylor covers affordability for The Sacramento Bee’s service journalism bureau as well as general news. Before joining The Bee in 2021, she worked as a reporter in Missouri and Maryland. She grew up on the East Coast and graduated from Morgan State University.

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