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Cool & Dry Tomorrow,Storm Approaches this Weekend

Avoid travel plans this weekend across the mountains, with anywhere from 4 to 18 inches of snow possible across the Sierra and strong gusty winds expected.

Posted: Jan 2, 2019 5:30 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2019 7:01 AM

Over the next few days we're staying dry with chilly nights and near normal daytime temperatures.

Wet weather will be returning this weekend through at least the middle of next week with mountain travel impacts likely.

We're still under a high pressure ridge over the west coast.

Fair skies this morning with lighter winds than 24 hours ago allowed much cooler early morning temperatures today.

Temperatures should warm up today reaching highs just a bit above normal although lighter winds should make it feel a little warmer.

Another cool clear night tonight followed by another dry Thursday with highs remaining a little above normal.

High clouds spilling into Norcal Thursday afternoon will, however, indicate changes in the weather pattern ahead as the upper ridge begins to break down and shift east.

Friday should remain mainly dry as a weak frontal band moves into the Pacific Northwest with increased high cloud cover and southerly winds.

A stronger Pacific frontal system off the coast will bring the first round of significant precipitation to the north state Friday night and Saturday as a Pacific cold front pushes through.

With snow levels well below pass levels, precipitation should be significant enough to create travel difficulties over the Sierra.

Across the Siera we have a Winter Storm Watch from Friday night to Sunday morning.

Expect moderate to heavy snow, with total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches, except 8 to 18 inches west of Highway 395 possible.

Highest amounts above 6500 feet west of Highway 395. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

This includes Eastern Lassen and Plumas Counties.

Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

Now is the time to prepare an emergency kit for your home and car.

If traveling consider alternate plans, remember to carry tire chains, extra food, water and clothing.

Once the storm arrives, travel may be difficult or impossible for an extended period of time.

The remnants of Saturday's storm system will linger over northern California on Sunday with a secondary system trailing behind it.

We may have a small break before another system moves in Monday, and a brief dry period on Tuesday, but there is a chance of lingering showers.

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles572192448
Riverside8155342
San Diego7554269
Orange6574150
San Bernardino5501208
Alameda351597
Santa Clara2819143
San Francisco258743
Kern237639
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Sacramento143958
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Kings11375
San Joaquin98235
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Sonoma5664
Solano54622
Marin50115
Merced3017
San Luis Obispo2781
Placer2289
Santa Cruz2172
Yolo21324
Madera1143
Napa1133
Humboldt1023
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Butte511
Sutter462
Del Norte460
Nevada421
Shasta394
Mono371
Mendocino300
Yuba301
Lake260
Inyo201
Glenn170
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Amador100
Siskiyou80
Colusa70
Lassen50
Tehama51
Plumas40
Tuolumne40
Alpine20
Sierra10
Trinity10
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
90° wxIcon
Hi: 101° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 90°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 101° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 94°
Paradise
Scattered Clouds
93° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 93°
Chester
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 82°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 100° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 95°
Willows
Few Clouds
90° wxIcon
Hi: 104° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 90°
The Heat Advisory will stay in place through Thursday evening. Cooler temperatures and the potential for showers and thunderstorms are ahead for your weekend.
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