Forecast: More rain before the sun; Humboldt County to see drier weather by weekend

After the rainy weekend, Humboldt County will start to see some dry weather by Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

"The bulk of the real steady soaking rain has passed off to the east," said meteorologist Alex Dodd. "Over the weekend in Humboldt County, there were amounts ranging from 1 to 3 inches and some mountain areas -- like the King Range -- saw 5 to 7 inches."

The amount of rain across the county contributed to a landslide on Davison Road in Orick that continues to block Fern Canyon and Gold Bluff Campground, according to Redwood National and State Parks Ranger Mike Poole.

"This is still an active slide and we're not going to clear it right now because it will just keep coming down," Poole said. "Slides don't come down all at once -- they tend to creep down and we will reassess it (this) morning."

Showers will taper off tonight, and Wednesday looks mostly sunny with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s, according to Dodd. There may be some thunder or a small amount of hail near the coast, but nothing that would be a travel concern, Dodd added.

"A weak front will come through on Thursday, and there may be some showers, but it will be hit or miss," Dodd said. "There will be a drying trend heading into the weekend and a dry stretch that will begin Sunday with substantially higher temperatures -- around the low 60s for the coast and 70s or potentially low 80s further inland."

In addition to the rain, Dodd said 3 to 5 inches of snow fell Monday above 3,500 feet and another few inches could fall today.

"We had reports of snowfall down to 2,700 feet in Mad River and wet snowflakes mixing with rain in Kneeland," Dodd said. "The temperatures are mild where the snow is falling so the roads are mainly wet, nothing that would require chains. You might encounter travel trouble on mountain roads above 4,000 feet."

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