Weather this week
Generally, it will be DRY, cool, breezy for several days, or longer. Beforehand, we have one more weak system moving in from the NW on Tue. This system is likely to have some showers, maybe even a few more west side snowflakes-of-surprise around the region & in the eastern basins, Columbia Gorge. By Wed, the extended drying trend will get started. High pressure ridge, centered east of the Cascades will deepen and kick-off notable WIND, esp in the Columbia Gorge, mountain passes, across California. The cool, dry, windy weather will hold on through New Year's Day, into the weekend. Strong east wind in Pasadena. Sunny in most areas over the holiday weekend. Ski resorts will be busy & breezy.
Winds will subside by late Monday, Jan 4, allowing fog to form in some areas, esp south of Salem. Models deliver a split decision on the first work week of 2016. Some runs present RAIN by Tue Jan 5, others keep it DRY all week. That said, southern California is targeted to get a series of wet, blustery storms, the first of which arrives Mon Jan 4. The El Nino type pattern - all week long - will gain media attention. It's all good, since the region needs water. There will likely be mudslides, etc.