Reef Morgan braves the wet weather to play the saxophone at Arts Alive! in Eureka on Saturday night. The National Weather Service’s Eureka office said the weather system passing through the area this week will deliver a lot less rain than the most recent storm. (Sonia Waraich — The Times-Standard)
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The hectic weather Humboldt County has seen over the past couple weeks is expected to slow down this week, a local meteorologist said Saturday.

“Yeah, there will be some light rain, some large swells coming in later in the week from the ocean,” said Mel Nordquist, National Weather Service meteorologist. “But compared to the pretty active weather we’ve had for the past couple weeks, that’s going to settle down this week.”

In the Eureka area, highs will be in the 50s and lows will be in the 40s, while the Willow Creek area will see temperatures mostly in the 30s with a low of 28 overnight today and Monday. In the Garberville area, highs will be in the 50s and lows will be in the 30s.

“So it’s not appreciably warmer,” Nordquist said. “They’re seasonal temperatures.”

The wet weather will be tapering off today, with drier conditions expected throughout the county on Monday and Tuesday, Nordquist said.

Some light rain might start up again Tuesday afternoon or evening into Wednesday morning, but it’ll be “quite a bit less” than the wet weather the area just saw over the past couple days, Nordquist said.

That would result in rainfall in the neighborhood of a 10th or a quarter of an inch at the most in the wettest areas, he said.

The small craft advisory, primarily the result of strong winds and relatively steep waves, was expected to end Saturday night, Nordquist said.

“Basically, during the early part of the week, the seas begin to subside,” Nordquist said.

The winds will lighten up and hover in the five to 10 miles per hour range with some variable direction, though a relatively large, 15-foot swell is expected to come in from the west sometime Thursday, Nordquist said.

In general, “it’s going to be relatively light winds for a marine environment, Nordquist said.

The Pacific Gas & Electric Co. didn’t have any plans to proactively turn off power as of yet, said PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi. However, anytime there may be extreme weather conditions, turning off the power may be necessary, he said.

“We are ready to respond to any outages that my occur,” he said.

As of Saturday night, Guidi said, no customers in Humboldt County should be experiencing power outages.

For more up-to-date weather information, visit weather.gov/eka/.

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