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Mostly dry and warmer today

Mostly dry and warmer today, but the chance for more active weather ramps up this weekend.

Posted: May 18, 2018 6:48 AM

Be prepared for plenty of sunshine, and warmer temperatures as you make your way out the door this morning. Most areas are projected to stay dry today, but you may want to keep your umbrella handy if you're in the Sierra this afternoon. The best chance for showers and thunderstorms will be in the Sierra, from Plumas County to the South later this afternoon and evening. Temperatures are warm again this morning, with valley areas starting out in the high 50's to low 60's, and mountain areas in the 30's to 40's. Skies are starting out clear, but some clouds will return to the Sierra through the day, and the potential for more active weather will pick up after 2pm. Showers and thunderstorms will be much more limited today than the last few days. Winds will be out of the Northwest to 10mph, and humidity will dip to as low as 15 percent this afternoon. The lower humidity, warmer temperatures, and North winds will all help to result in moderate fire danger over Northern California today. Temperatures are projected to climb into the mid to high 80's in the valley this afternoon, and into the low 70's to low 80's in the mountains. Most mountain showers are expected to taper off by late evening, with the Sierra looking dry by 8pm.

The potential for more active weather will continue this weekend, but will mostly stay limited to the Sierra on Saturday. Valley areas will be sunny to mostly sunny on Saturday, with high temperatures topping out in the mid 80's. Winds will be back out of the South to around 10mph. Showers and thunderstorms will develop earlier in the day tomorrow, and could be observed by 11am in the Sierra. The potential for active weather will then continue to ramp up through late afternoon before tapering off on Saturday night. Sunday is expected to be a few degrees cooler than Saturday, and the chance for active weather will become more widespread. There will be a very decent chance for showers and thunderstorms to spread from the Sierra into the Northern end of the valley, and then into the Northern Mountains. Redding will likely see some wet and active weather on Sunday, and that potential could sag as far South as Corning by Sunday afternoon.

Temperatures will stay warm for the start of next week, but the threat of thunderstorms will linger in the mountains. Most of the active weather is expected to head South into Southern to Central California on Tuesday and Wednesday. Models are currently split on whether or not to expect another round of active weather on the way for the end of next week.

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