The Centeno family of McKinleyville enjoys a rare sunny Sunday among the greenest of trees at Sequoia Park in Eureka. (Shomik Mukherjee — The Times-Standard)

Heavy rainfall is expected to set in across Humboldt County starting Wednesday afternoon and continuing into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re going to have several inches of rain in the hills,” said NWS meteorologist Jonathan Garner. “Right along the coast it’ll be less so, but we’re still going to see some pretty good rainfall.”

As for the weekend, current forecasts show conflicting predictions, Garner said.

“It could be rainy or it could be dry,” he said. “It’s all kind of a toss-up right now.”

Wednesday’s storm system will also bring snowfall to altitudes of around 3,400 to 4,000 feet. Last week, the county released alerts of snowfall around the Willow Creek area. Garner said Willow Creek will be free of snowfall this week.

Temperatures, meanwhile, will stay clear of the 30-degree range, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 40s, as per usual Humboldt County winter weather. Coastal cities should be warmer than inland areas.

The NWS has regularly put out wind speed advisories throughout the winter season. Wednesday’s storm will be no different.

“All of the exposed ridges will have the potential to see 40 to 50 mile-per-hour gusts,” Garner said.

Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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