Nevada County to get rain in the coming week |

Nevada County to get rain in the coming week

After a prolonged period of precipitation-free weather, rain will return to the region this week, forecasters are predicting.

About a half-inch of rain will fall on western Nevada County this Wednesday, said Johnnie Powell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Another storm system carrying moderate amounts of moisture will also trundle through the Sierra Foothills Saturday, according to forecasts.

“It’s not going to be a belly washer,” Powell said. “But it is something.”

The last bout of precipitation hit the area in late December, and clear skies have prevailed since.

The atmospheric fortification, known as an omega blocking pattern, spent the last two weeks perched above the eastern Pacific Ocean and has slowly begun to break apart, allowing for small systems to filter in, Powell said.

The slender storms slated for this week could serve as a preview for more robust storms to come, Powell said. Storm systems from the southern Pacific Ocean bring more moisture as warm weather contains more water, and if such a system combines with systems that originate in the Gulf of Alaska, a huge storm will ensue, Powell said.

Temperatures for the early portion of the week will hover in the low 60s and are predicted to dip into the high 50s after the rain system Wednesday.

Rain brings down the highs but brings up the lows. The overnight lows will still hover in the low 30s.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call (530) 477-4239.

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