Oct 21, 2012
PNP comment: Finally !!!!! — Editor Liz Bowen
Rainfall could end fire season
Posted October 20, 2012 at 9:28 p.m
For the first time in months, the north state will see a welcome sight: raindrops — lots of them.
“Very late (tonight) and early Monday morning (is) when we’re going to see the bulk of the precipitation,” said Drew Peterson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “We are expecting that precipitation to continue throughout the day Monday and throughout the week.”
The weather service is expecting as much as three-quarters of an inch in rain in the valley, an inch and a half of rain in the upper elevations, and 12 inches of snow above 5,500 feet. The storms could bring gusts as strong as 40 mph.
The system, which is sweeping down from the Gulf of Alaska, will cool off the north state with temperatures forecast today in the upper 60s before dropping the rain.
The system also spurred winter weather messages for eastern Shasta and Tehama counties because of the expected snowfall.
The rain could snuff out a fire season whose dry spell brought several fires that burned into the 20,000-plus acre range, said Linda Galvan, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.