Two storm systems will move over Humboldt County this week bringing high wind and widespread rain but at least residents have a sunnier weekend ahead.
According to National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Tonkin, between three to five inches of rain will fall on the county from Monday through Friday with isolated but mostly uninhabitable areas getting up to 10 inches of rain.
The local weather office issued a flood watch on Monday morning for the coastal county that is in effect through 4 p.m. today. Ponding of roadways with poor drainage, small streams rising, river flooding, high tides and rock or mud slides on mountain roads are possible.
“Then we have another system coming in tomorrow night so more rain, and that system looks like it’s going to persist through Thursday,” Tonkin said on Sunday.
Wednesday afternoon will see gusty winds between 20 and 30 mph coming in from the south, he said.
“For Wednesday and Thursday it looks like a lot of rain,” Tonkin said.
The California Nevada River Forecast Center website predicts the Eel River at Fernbridge will exceed flood stage, 20 feet, by over half a foot around midnight tonight.
“Friday looks like showers then things start to improve,” Tonkin said.
The forecast predicts a sunny or mostly sunny weekend across the county.
“If everyone can stand the work week winter weather they will be rewarded on Saturday and Sunday,” Tonkin said.
“It look dry and fairly sunny as far as this goes,” he added looking at his forecast models.
As always there will be the chance of coastal lightning storms after a front moves through, Tonkin said.
“It would probably just be lightning over the water,” he said.
Today snow levels will dip below 3,000 feet but not a lot of precipitation is forecast to fall, Tonkin said.
“I don’t think we’re going to see any winter weather conditions,” he said about advisories or warning his office puts out.
More up to date weather information is available at weather.gov/eureka.
Hunter Cresswell can be reached at 707-441-0506.