Feb 6, 2015 10:01 AM by Cort Klopping
Extremely severe weather has returned to the north state overnight. Wind gusts between 70 to 75mph were observed in Burney, and according to reports caused trees to "fly across the road." Those strong winds are being blamed for knocking out power to many areas in Eastern Shasta County. Winds will continue to be extremely strong, and updated estimates are including the chance for gusts upwards of 80mph out of the South in the Cascades. A High Wind Warning is now in place for the Sierra and Cascades. That warning is currently set to expire at 4am on Saturday. Valley/Foothill areas could see gusts up to 50mph out of the South, while the Northern Mountains will have gusts up to 40mph. A Wind Advisory is in place for the valley.
Heavy rain will also be ahead in your Friday forecast. Storm totals have already climbed to nearly 4 inches in the Northern Mountains, where the heaviest precipitation has occurred. Rain totals in the valley have climbed to around half an inch overnight in the most impacted areas (Redding). The heavy rain is expected to spread across the region throughout the day, and will be heaviest this afternoon. More rain will be in store through the weekend, with the heaviest doses ahead for the next 3 afternoons. Projections still have the valley at between 3 to 5 inches of rain, Northern Mountains between 5 t0 10 inches, and upwards of 4 inches possible in the Sierra/Cascades. Flooding will be extremely possible over the next several days.
Showers and the potential for thunderstorms will be ahead for Monday, but clearing skies, and warmer weather will be ahead for the remainder of next week. Please make sure to use extreme caution while you're outside over the next few days.