Forecasters are calling for rain and snow throughout Northern California tomorrow.
This forecast comes as water regulators have issued a dire drought prediction. They're calling for serious drought conditions across California and the west, which they say will get worse this spring into early summer. They're predicting hotter-than-normal temperatures, reduced chances of rain and increased fire risk. “Concern is quite high as we go into the spring and early summer,” said Brad Pugh, operational drought lead for NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. “The snowpack is below average for much of California, and there’s really very little time now to make up any precipitation deficits as we move into April.”
On Thursday the US Drought Monitor, a weekly report from NOAA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Nebraska, reported that 93% of California is now in a severe drought — up from 87% a week ago — and 35% is in extreme drought, up from 13% last week. Rain and snow is predicted to come Saturday this weekend.