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Severe winter weather ahead for Northern California

Very wet and windy weather ahead is prompting several severe weather warning's across Northern California this week.

Posted: Jan 15, 2019 6:39 AM
Updated: Jan 15, 2019 7:03 AM

You're going to want your umbrella today, and should prepare yourself for severe winter weather on the way this week. We're tracking scattered showers across Northern California for the start of your Tuesday, with heavier rain and snow moving into our area tonight. Snow levels are down to as low as 4000' in some areas this morning, but are expected to lift to around 5000' to 5500' by tonight. Temperatures have dipped into the mid to high 40's in the valley overnight, and are starting out in the 20's to 30's in the mountains this morning. Winds will be out of the Southeast to around 10mph this afternoon. High temperatures are only projected to climb into the low to mid 50's in the valley, and into the low to mid 40's in the mountains. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect at 4pm this afternoon, and stay in place until 4pm Wednesday for portions of the Sierra above 5000'.

Moderate rain and snow are expected to continue through Wednesday afternoon. The next stronger system ramping up in the Pacific is expected to start to impact Northern California on Wednesday afternoon, and will bring heavier precipitation and gusty South winds to our region. The Winter Weather Advisory will be replace with a Winter Storm Watch at 4pm on Wednesday. That is a significant upgrade for the warning, and indicates that much heavier rain and snow are expected for Wednesday night through Thursday. That warning will stay in effect through Thursday night. A High Wind Watch will go into effect across the valley and Sierra on Wednesday afternoon, and will stay in place through Wednesday night. Winds are expected to gust up to 65mph out of the South in some areas, and will be strong across the majority of Northern California. Gusty winds could knock trees into power lines causing power outages, or knock trees into roads causing travel impacts. The active weather will make mountain travel treacherous from late Wednesday through Thursday, and drivers are encouraged to avoid mountain travel during that time if possible. A Flood Watch will also be in effect from Wednesday night through Thursday morning for the valley and foothills. Debris flows and mud slides will be possible along recent burn scars as the heavy rain moves through. Looks like we'll mostly dry out by Friday, and stay dry on Saturday. Another wet system is projected to arrive in Northern California on Sunday and could potentially last into Monday of next week.

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1363573824
Riverside25748550
Orange25255424
San Diego19929422
San Bernardino19502307
Fresno828288
Imperial7977136
Alameda7976148
San Joaquin698870
Kern660198
Santa Clara6542167
Tulare5942152
Sacramento571483
Stanislaus497351
Contra Costa485290
San Francisco459050
Ventura424653
San Mateo4045112
Santa Barbara393131
Marin370232
Kings297039
Monterey279018
Solano207528
Merced188412
Sonoma181916
Placer111411
San Luis Obispo10065
Yolo92928
Madera8938
Santa Cruz5693
Napa5184
Lassen4280
Sutter4034
San Benito3622
Butte3384
El Dorado3070
Shasta2006
Yuba1983
Glenn1760
Humboldt1654
Nevada1631
Mendocino1320
Lake1211
Colusa1130
Tehama1071
Tuolumne730
Calaveras670
Del Norte610
Mono521
Siskiyou410
Amador400
Inyo351
Mariposa321
Plumas190
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
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Hi: 99° Lo: 65°
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Oroville
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Paradise
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Chester
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Red Bluff
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Willows
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We're getting hotter as we head into the middle of this week, and the potential for thunderstorms will prompt a Fire Weather Watch in the Sierra on Thursday. Hot & dry conditions continue through your weekend.
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