Red Flag Warning Tonight Through Sunday

Fire danger increases with gusty winds and warm temps ahead for the rest of the weekend.

Posted: Oct 13, 2018 3:40 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2018 6:33 PM

Chico, Calif. -- A Red Flag Warning goes into effect tonight at 11 p.m. and will stay in effect through Monday at 11 p.m.

High pressure building into the Great Basin means we're drying out quickly, with gusty winds out of the Northeast, at about 15-30 mph gusting up to 40 or 50mph.

We're also going to see a Wind Advisory all day tomorrow from 5 a.m. Until 8 p.m.on the Western portion of the valley.

Lookout for blowing debris, downed tree branches as well as hazardous driving conditions for small and tall vehicles.

Factor in very low humidity - single digits and teens by day, with poor overnight recovery into just about 35%.

That means low fuel moisture, so fire weather conditions are dangerous now into Monday.

Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

Temperature wise, we had a cool start - 40s in the valley- as we're just not retaining as much daytime heat thanks to the clear skies and light winds.

But we're warming up to the high 80s today in the valley.

An upper level ridge of high pressure is centered over the eastern Pacific, while a trough of low pressure drops down from Canada through the Rocky Mountains.

As this shifts south and the high pressure moves east into the Great Basin tonight and Sunday, we'll see surface pressure increase, pushing Northerly winds down across the valley.

Winds will decrease slowly late Monday afternoon and evening as the pressure gradient relaxes.

Dry conditions and above normal temperatures will continue through early next week, as upper ridging remains in control.

Forecast highs will be in the 80s across the Valley, with 60s and 70s over the foothills and mountains.

High pressure dominates next week and clear skies and dry weather will continue.

Temperatures across the area expected to remain 5 to 10 degrees above seasonal normals.

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A winter storm will continue to drop rain & snow with thunderstorm chances through Monday. Next week we dry out and warm up with sunny skies and highs possibly reaching the 80s!
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