[Cover Photo: Jan Tik]
Snow continues to blanket much of the west today and even though fall weather looks to return this weekend, an atmospheric river is slowly building in the Pacific.
NOAA is currently predicting that the AR will bring snowfall to California and the Pacific Northwest sometime late next week. Both Portland and Sacramento’s National Weather Service stations are in agreement that the AR looks likely but are unsure exactly how the system will track a week from now.
- Atmospheric rivers are usually preceded by high-flying, wispy Cirrus clouds
- 30-50% of snowfall in the west comes from atmospheric rivers
Still, current models have the system dropping significant snowfall on the higher elevations of northern California, Oregon, and Washington.
“There are still a lot of uncertainties with the details as the storm track could shift north or south. Nonetheless, next week could turn out to be extremely wet.” – NWS Portland
Stay up to date by checking back here towards the beginning of next week. We should have more data concerning storm track and projected snowfall totals at that point.