Great news - almost all of the long range computer models have come into very good agreement that another stormy pattern is headed for California the next 10 days! The last time the computer models agreed on a wet pattern was early January... which brought big storms throughout the state.
Today's satellite image shows several storms lined up all the way west toward Asia. Here's what things look like for us in the Coachella Valley for the upcoming 7-10 days:
Today through Friday - Temps will remain rather warm the next few days, as a weak system moves into Northern California on Thursday. Temps will slowly dip from the recent low 90's down into the mid-upper 80's by the end of the week. Low temps will be mostly in the 50's to low 60s. As the westerly flow increases to our north, it is likely we will see a return to late afternoon and nighttime NW winds along the I-10 corridor each day, gusting up to 35 at times.
Saturday - Clouds will begin to increase as a moderate to strong storm approaches Northern and Central California. Temps will likely peak in the low-mid 80's. By Saturday night, strong winds will likely begin, possible affecting the southern areas ahead of the cold front. Winds may be SSW 30-45 in localized areas at times by evening.
Sunday - The cold front is expected to move through S Cal Sunday, with a good chance of rain for the Coachella Valley, and very STRONG winds. Currently, winds are expected W30-45, with possible gusts 55-70. As we approach the weekend, the severe wind potential may elicit wind watches or warnings throughout the area. Temps are expected to only reach the high 60's.
Monday & Tuesday - Another potent storm system is expected to move through late Monday or Tuesday, with another good chance of rain and strong winds for the Coachella Valley. High temps should be in the upper 60's.
Wednesday through Friday - Dry weather is expected before yet another system may hit around Friday.
Between now and Sunday (map above), widespread 3-5 inch rainfall totals are expected from SF north, with over 3-5 feet of snow possible in some mountain areas. From Sunday - Tuesday, it appears the Coachella Valley (not pictured) will get close to 0.50-0.75 inch of rain, with over 3 inches of rain in the nearby mountains (over 1 foot of new snow possible above 6,000 feet). As the weekend gets closer and the forecast details become more focused, these figures may change upward or downward.
Good news is another storm appears likely late next week, with heavy Sierra snows and more rains throughout much of California. Long range forecasts show the possibility of over 7 feet of new snow in the Sierras the next 10 days! This is GREAT news after such a dry February.
Enjoy the warm weather the next few days, as we transition back to a pattern feeling a bit more like winter... at least by our standards!
More details soon!