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January 26, 2018 – Precipitation chances will retreat northward over the next several days as ridging over the eastern Pacific moves over NorCal.
Radar shows only a few lingering light snow showers across the northern Sierra early this morning while skies remain partly to mostly cloudy across the remainder of the area.
A few snow showers will linger across the northern mountains today, but the remainder of interior NorCal will see a return of drier weather. Another weaker system will brush the far northern portion of the state late tonight and Saturday bringing some light precipitation along with higher snow levels.
The storm track then shifts north for the remainder of the weekend into early next week with dry and milder conditions. The southern half of the valley may see some late night and morning fog.
Extended discussion (Tuesday through Friday)
Mid range models build upper ridging over the eastern Pacific and West coast enough by early next Tuesday to shunt any shortwave produced precipitation well north of the CWA. There may still be some cloud cover on Tuesday however as moisture slips over the still building upper ridge. Overall, the middle of next looks dry and warm with temperatures several degrees above normal for this time of year. Upper ridge continues to amplify over the west coast through the end of the week for still warmer daytime highs and continued mainly fair skies.