Clear skies will prevail during the weekend, but rain will return to the Sierra foothills on Monday, weather officials said Friday.
Cool temperatures will continue, with daytime highs hovering in the mid-70s for much of the near-term forecast.
“It feels wetter and cooler than it should, probably because of the hot summer,” said Tom Dang, forecaster with the National Weather Service. “But, realistically it’s normal for this time of year.”
Typically, September is a drier month, but it is not unusual to witness a few storm systems march through Northern California as summer vanishes into autumn.
The one anticipated to strike Grass Valley is the remnant of a typhoon call Pabuk that stormed through the western Pacific earlier this week, dispensing most of the moisture on its way.
By the time it reaches western Nevada County, most of the rain will have been expended, meaning precipitation levels will be relatively light, with less accumulation than last Saturday, Dang said.
“The hose is pointed toward the Pacific Northwest and the far northern coast of California,” Dang said.
The early precipitation events should not necessarily be viewed as harbingers of a wet winter, as the long- range forecast calls for a neutral year.
“There is not a La Nina or an El Nino. In general, it will be neutral,” Dang said.
“The studies we’ve looked at show an equal chance of having a normal year, a higher than normal year or a lower than normal year. It’s anyone’s guess.”
The wet weather in September has alleviated much of the concern over wildland fire for Northern California, although forecasters are reluctant to completely call the fire season over.
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