Weather Report, 11/20/10

FOR MY SANTA CRUZ NEIGHBORS – WIRES DOWN EVERY WHERE. TREE BLOCKING HIGHWAY 9 AT HENRY COWELL STATE PARK, BOTH LANES. FELL ON VEHICLE AND TRYING TO EXTRACT DRIVER. HARD CLOSURE BEING ISSUED FOR HIGHWAY 9.

In other areas, flooding, accidents, major disruptions in Santa Cruz, Hollister areas, and Northern Monterey County. Be very careful!

8:25 pm – whoa, it just hit with a vengeance! Major wind, sleet, hail, rain! Second storm has definitely hit. Will check in probably only one more time tonight. Enjoy, but be safe, and stay off Highway One if at all possible tonight.

6:45 pm – I’m not an expert, but it feels as if the front has arrived. The wind has picked up, the temperature has dropped, and I would not be surprised to see snow before I go to bed.

5:30 pm – large rock in the road near River Inn & a disabled vehicle. I’m guessing they are connected. 😉 CHP is on the way. Watch out for rocks, particularly here on the South Coast. Cal-Trans is not out at night clearing. Still no rain or snow, but I’ll be checking until I turn out the lights for bed.

Noon – clouds suddenly forming rapidly. (is that redundant?) They seem to be “forming” as opposed to blowing in from the north or the west. I take it back. I went outside and watched the cloud movement, and they do appear to be moving in from the northwest.

Time to make one last round to dump the gauge, check to make sure everything is tight and covered. Has been quite crisp all day, so far. Heat required in doors.

8:00 am – Current conditions here are clear and crisp. A condensation cloud is trying to form here on the mtn. top, and I’m sure it will be successful, eventually. There is *no* snow visible on Cone Peak or elsewhere.

Rain total is 2.6 inches, for a season total of 6.35 inches. Temperature is 44 degrees. There are low clouds out on the horizon, but otherwise, I don’t see today’s predicted storm forming anywhere,but will, of course, be watching for it

NOAA prediction for today and tomorrow: “RAINFALL AMOUNTS GENERALLY 0.25-0.75 FOR MOST LOCATIONS…BUT THE HILLS COULD SEE 0.75-2.0 INCHES. IN ADDITION..SNOW LEVELS WILL DROP TO 3000-3500 FEET LATER TODAY. MINOR ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER THE EAST BAY HILLS WITH A FEW INCHES POSSIBLE BY SUNDAY. ATTM THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL LIKELY OCCUR OVER THE SANTA LUCIAS WITH 2-4 INCHES POSSIBLE.”