Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS San Joaquin Valley, CA

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FXUS66 KHNX 082236

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service San Joaquin Valley - Hanford CA
236 PM PST Thu Dec 8 2016

A low pressure system will bring periods of precipitation to the
area through Saturday with the best chances north of Kern County.
Unsettled conditions continue Sunday and early next week but
precipitation chances are not as likely in our area as the pattern
shifts farther north.


Moisture plume continues to impact central California in westerly
flow between Gulf of Alaska upper low and East Pacific ridge. This
has produced cloudy skies with off and on showers across our area
today. Temperatures have been relatively mild in this flow pattern
and snow levels are running around 9000 feet and above. Rain and
snowfall accumulations have generally been light to moderate.

This pattern is progged to continue into the weekend, with
continued light to moderate precipitation accumulations in
scattered showers and high snow levels. Guidance has shown an
increase in QPF over the higher elevations of the Sierra generally
north of Fresno County during the Saturday through Saturday night
period. This has been incorporated in the forecast and could
warrant an advisory for that area if confidence increases in these

Beyond Saturday into early next week, a drying trend is in store for
most of our area as precip chances stay mostly north. By Thursday,
models are showing a little consistency in deepening a trough over
the north Pacific which may bring some more precipitation with
lower snow levels to our area


Across the San Joaquin Valley, areas of MVFR and local IFR possible
in showers. In the Sierra Nevada, MVFR/IFR with precipitation and
mountain obscurations. VFR conditions will prevail across the desert
in Kern County.


On Thursday December 8 2016... Fireplace/Wood Stove Burning
Status is: No Burning Unless Registered in Kern... Kings and
Tulare Counties. Further information is available at



The level of certainty for days 1 and 2 is medium.
The level of certainty for days 3 through 7 is medium.

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