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Storm Tracker Forecast: Rain & snow for Christmas

We have a cool, wet & snowy Christmas ahead with daily rain chances in the rest of your forecast.

Posted: Dec 24, 2020 5:39 AM

Today will be nice, cool, merry day. No rain expected. Light winds. Increasing clouds throughout the day. Highs in the upper-50s. Oh and lots of gifts to be delivered tonight! Santa will have good weather for it.

Tomorrow is CHRISTMAS DAY! Many however will have mixed feelings about it. It will be a very active weather day so it will ruin many outdoor plans and will make travel hazardous, particualrily in the mountains. On the other hand, we need more rain & snow. So look at this as a gift from Santa.

The storm system is a low pressure system dropping in from the Gulf of Alaska. Rain & snow totals will also be enhanced by an atmospheric river with this system.

Half an inch to an inch of rain will be possible Friday-Saturday in the valley with 1-2 feet of snow in many mountain locations. Snow levels start low for most, then rise.

I recommend steering away from mountain travel, but if you have no other choice, please bring plenty of supplies and carry chains with you. You will likely need to use them.
A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect in the montains from Christmas Day to Saturday.
On the bright side, most in the mountains should see a white Christmas.

High will be in the low-50s to upper-40s in the valley Christmas Day with breezy winds, making it feel even colder.

Daily chances continue into next week with multiple disturbances of varying strengths coasting into our region at least through Thursday. This will bring more rain & snow as well as keep our temperatures in the mid-to-low 50s each day.

The one day you can expect the most sunshine will be on Monday.

California Coronavirus Cases

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CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103873814416
San Bernardino2569141560
Riverside2510002676
San Diego2185552174
Orange2165092508
Santa Clara949051129
Kern87240572
Fresno83200968
Sacramento811831128
Alameda68649788
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San Joaquin58843788
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Stanislaus43121766
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo32887309
San Francisco29502266
Solano25983107
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25333474
Merced24570316
Sonoma24184242
Kings19588148
Placer17490184
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13528151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10789138
Shasta9750123
Butte9528128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa767244
Lassen519916
San Benito500346
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323474
Mendocino319232
Amador302431
Lake262531
Humboldt242725
Glenn194820
Colusa17969
Calaveras162123
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
Sierra820
Alpine730
Unassigned00
Chico
Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 55°
Oroville
Mostly Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 56°
Chico
Mostly Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 55°
Red Bluff
Partly Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 46°
Red Bluff
Partly Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 46°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 55°
Thursday was the last fairly quiet weather day that we'll have in northern California as a series of storms will move our way through next week. Our first chance for rain and snow showers arrives Friday morning with a cold front.
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