Sep 23, 2014 9:55 AM by Cort Klopping
Smokey skies, and similar temperatures are ahead for your Tuesday. The region will also have more clouds filtering in by this afternoon, leaving most areas with partly cloudy skies. Temperatures are starting off in the low to mid 60's in the valley, and will be climbing into the mid to high 80's this afternoon. Mountain areas are starting out in the mid 40's to mid 50's, and will be in the high 70's to mid 80's later on today.
Winds will be a big factor in your Tuesday forecast, and will bring a Red Flag Warning To the western slopes of the Sierra this afternoon. That warning is in place because of strong winds, and low humidity values. The Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 2pm this afternoon, until 8pm on Wednesday night. That area could see gusts up to around 35mph out of the South, with sustained winds to around 15mph. Valley winds will be gusting to around 25mph today, with sustained winds to around 15mph out of the South.
Much cooler temperatures and a very promising potential for rain returns to the region over the next couple of days. We could see a chance of showers returning to the Northern Mountains as early as this afternoon, with widespread rain expected by Thursday. Temperatures will also drop into the low 70's for Thursday, and stay in that range Friday. Showers could linger into the weekend forecast for the mountains, while most valley locations should dry up by Friday afternoon.
I hope everyone is able to stay safe with the smokey conditions outside, and has a great Tuesday!
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