Cows chow down on hay at a farm in the Ferndale area on Sunday afternoon. (Ruth Schneider — The Times-Standard)

While there will be a damp start to the week, by mid-week it will be shaping up to be a bit drier and a bit more spring-like, according to the local National Weather Service office.

“(Monday) will be dry and we’re expecting a weak cold front really late Monday night and Tuesday morning,” said meteorologist Brad Charboneau on Sunday afternoon. “It will bring a little bit of rain. Not much, but enough to be a nuisance “

Overnight lows early in the week will be in the low to mid 30s, he said.

“After that, it looks like it’s going to be dry for the foreseeable future,” he said. “Not a lot of opportunities for rain for the next week. After the rain Tuesday, it’s going to be dry for awhile.”

Around Eureka this week, daytime highs are expected to be in the low to mid-50s. Southern Humboldt will be slightly warmer this week, with daytime highs possibly hitting the low 60s by Thursday. Interior portions of the county could also see low 60s by the end of the week.

Snow levels this week will be around 3,500 to 4,000 feet, Charboneau said, noting it’s “not particularly low.”

“Just low enough to see a little snow on some of the higher passes on Highway 36 and Route 3,” he said.

The marine forecast looks to be mildly wilder. A small craft advisory was issued Sunday for winds of up to 25 knots and seas of 12 to 14 feet.

“After the cold front moves through on Tuesday, we’re also expecting some breezy northerly winds,” Charboneau said. “Tuesday ocean conditions could get a little choppy.”

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Ruth Schneider can be reached at 707-441-0520.

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