Storm Tracker Forecast: Windy Wednesday & a warming trend ahead

Get ready for gusty north winds and morning frost in our higher elevations Wednesday. We'll end up partly cloudy, slightly cooler and mild for Thanksgiving Day. We'll stay dry and will warm up this weekend.

Posted: Nov 24, 2021 6:07 AM

Be prepared for gusty north winds as you're getting ready to head out the door Wednesday morning. The gusty winds will bring the biggest impact to travelers on this busiest travel day of the year. The issues will be potential for trees or debris being blown into roadways, and some impacts to high profile vehicles from the strong winds this morning. The gusty downslope winds have kept temperatures a bit warmer in our lower elevations this morning, but have prompted mountain areas to become cooler than 24 hours ago. The strong winds are also helping to limit any fog from developing across most of our region early today, which is good news if you're hitting the road for Thanksgiving travel today. High pressure is building into the West Coast from the eastern Pacific and will drive around to above average temperatures through the next several days and will be keeping us dry through your upcoming weekend. Temperatures are starting out in the 40's to 50's in the valley, 30's to 40's in the foothills, and teens to 20's in our mountain zones this morning. We have mostly clear skies across our region to start your day and we'll stay mostly sunny through this afternoon. Winds are out of the north to around 15mph this morning, with gusts in the 20 to 35mph range early today. Winds will slowly diminish as we head towards this evening. High temperatures are projected to top out in the low to mid 60's in the valley, low 50's to low 60's in the foothills, and mid 40's to mid 50's in our mountain areas Wednesday afternoon.

High pressure will continue to dominate our weather pattern through your extended forecast, but low pressure tracking into the Pacific Northwest will bring partly cloudy skies back into our region from Thursday through Saturday. Thanksgiving day looks very mild across northern California on Thursday. Valley areas will have low temperatures in the upper 30's to mid 40's and high temperatures in the lower to mid 60's in the afternoon. Foothill areas can expect low temperatures in the 30's to 40's and high temperatures in the 50's to potentially lower 60's in the afternoon. Mountain areas will have low temperatures ranging from the upper teens to lower 30's and high temperatures in the 50's Thursday afternoon. We'll continue to have partly cloudy skies across northern California on Friday and Saturday, but our temperatures will be warming up. Valley areas will have high temperatures in the mid to upper 60's on Friday, and then mid 60's to lower 70's through this weekend. Foothill and mountain areas will have high temperatures ranging from the 50's to lower 60's through your upcoming weekend. Models are showing sunshine returning in your Sunday forecast, and are keeping us dry through at least the start of next week. Temperatures will also stay warm to start next week, with 60's in the valley, and 50's to lower 60's in the foothills and mountains. Some models are hinting at a slight chance for light showers sagging south into northern California from Tuesday into Wednesday of next week, but confidence is still low on the potential for wet weather returning next week.

Chico
Clear
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Hi: 69° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 50°
Oroville
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Hi: 66° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 51°
Paradise
Clear
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Hi: 66° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 50°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 57° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 43°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 68° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 43°
Willows
Clear
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Hi: 67° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 48°
The Thanksgiving weekend may be coming to an end, but the dry and mild weather will be sticking around for the foreseeable future!
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