Our pleasant, much-needed, uncommon September rain has ended, and the lingering activity near the Oregon border will end around sunset. The Red Flag Warning due to continued gusty wind over the Sierra will expire at 11PM. After the passage of the trough and its cold front late last night through this morning, our weather has been and will continue to quiet. The smoke which had dispersed during the storm will begin to settle in its usual areas, however. Tonight will be cooler, and hazy to smoky. Overnight lows will range from the 30s and 40s in the mountains to the 50s and 60s in the valley and foothills. Saturday will be mostly sunny, but hazy south and smoky north. Highs will range from the upper 70s to the lower 90s.
This weekend will deliver quieter weather but the haze and smoke will also stay overhead, especially over our far northern counties. The short-term and long-term forecasts will be fairly quiet for northern California with a weak ridge of high pressure allowing for more sunshine, little wind and no good chances of rain. The haze and smoke from our area fires will have no strong steering wind to take it elsewhere, so many of us will still have hazy to smoky air to deal with. We may get stronger wind by next Friday and the following weekend. Valley lows will remain in the seasonable 60s through next week, while valley highs will warm to the mid and upper 90s by Tuesday before cooling back to the mid and upper 80s and lower 90s.