|Looking into Big Painted Canyon, east of Palm Springs, California.|
A low pressure driving south, and a bit to our east through mid week will actually cause the gradient to collapse slightly on Thursday, turning winds more toward slack. Same system will bring rain to areas inland, and snow possible below pass level. If you are planning to drive over the Sierra mid-week, be prepared to encounter some snowy conditions. Not that the pavement won't melt things off quickly, but slush is pretty tough stuff to drive through. Anyway, we might see some showers in the local hills, but doubt we see more than heavy cloud cover. If that. In fact, we could be lucky enough to have the storm to our east, with the marine layer pushed out to sea, and partly sunny skies and light winds. Still cool though, as the storm will bring a weak cold front. Westerly gradient seems to develop through the weekend. Not as strong, but still enough for marine layered mornings and windy afternoons. Feels a bit like spring.