Rain possible, cold likely over New Year's weekend

Some unsettled and uncertain weather is on tap for the New Year’s weekend.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service says one storm will roll in tonight and linger into Saturday morning, followed by another storm Sunday that may stretch to Tuesday night.

And Tuesday, there’s a chance of snow showers in the valley.

It’s not a big chance, and even the storm tonight only has a 30 percent chance of bringing showers, according to the weather service. The odds Sunday are put at 40 percent.

The odds it’s going to be cold are better, as a cold front is coming down from the northeast and is expected to stick around for the first few days of 2017, National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin said.

Nighttime lows in Chico and Oroville are expected to be below freezing Saturday through Wednesday, with a low of 24 forecast Wednesday night. Highs won’t top 50 degrees during that period.

In Paradise and the foothills, the temperature forecasts are quite similar, but the weather service says snow showers could start at that elevation on Sunday. That possibility continues through Tuesday.

In anticipation of coming storms, releases from Shasta Lake and Keswick Dam into the Sacramento River were doubled to 10,000 cubic feet per second, but the Bureau of Reclamation plans to scale that back over the next few days.

Shasta Lake is only 74 percent full, but that’s 119 percent of what’s normal for this time of year.

Shane Hunt, a bureau spokesman, told the Redding Record…

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