Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS66 KSTO 260926

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Sacramento CA
226 AM PDT TUE APR 26 2016


A mild day is ahead for interior NorCal ahead of an upper level
disturbance that will bring chances for precipitation Wednesday.
Showers and thunderstorms are possible in the valley and snow to
elevations at and above 5500 feet.


.Discussion... (Today through Friday)

Water vapor imagery during the early morning hours showed a dry
pocket of stable air over the west coastal states. The upper
level ridge of stable air will bring sunny conditions and near
normal temperatures across the forecast area today. A small upper
level disturbance of low pressure will slide south from the
Pacific Northwest into NorCal Wednesday.

The upper level system on Wednesday will bring unstable
atmospheric conditions to the valley, which will result in chances
for showers and thunderstorms. Higher elevations above 5500 feet
could see snow Wednesday. Some model forecasts indicate the upper
low deepening over the Great Basin, which will bring some
lingering precipitation over the Sierra on Thursday.

Dry and sunny weather will return to the forecast area towards
the end of the work week with another area of stable air making
landfall Thursday night into Friday. High temperatures could
possibly rise between 5 and 10 degrees above normal.



High pressure will remain in control for the weekend into early next week.
This will bring dry weather, mostly clear skies, and warming
temperatures. A period of breezy northerly flow is likely over the
weekend as well. High temperatures will near the 90 degree mark in
the Valley by Sunday with widespread 90s (10 to 15 degrees above
normal) possible by Monday.




VFR conditions next 24 hours. Winds northwesterly generally under 10 kts,
except for a few gusts to 20 kts across the Valley thru 18z.


.STO Watches/Warnings/Advisories...

   None at this time.


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