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Storm Tracker Forecast: Breezy & cooler with mountain showers possible

Breezy north winds, cooler temperatures, and the potential for some mountain showers are ahead for your Thursday. Sunny skies and a big warming trend are on the way for your Friday and weekend.

Posted: Mar 25, 2021 6:32 AM

Be prepared for breezy north winds, slightly cooler temperatures, and the potential for very limited mountain showers across northern California today. There is also one model showing the potential for some very light showers dropping into the foothills early this afternoon. Snow levels are down into the 3000' to 3500' range in the Northern Mountains, and down to around 4500' in the Sierra and Southern Cascades today. Low pressure dropping south just to our east is acting as another "inside slider" event across our region today and Friday. This will bring stronger north winds and that chance for limited mountain showers back into our forecast today. High pressure is staying strong off our coast in the Pacific and that is expected to keep our region dry. Some clouds are lingering over northern California very early this morning, but are expected to thin out in our lower elevations this morning. Temperatures are starting out in the 40's to 50's in the valley, 30's to 40's in the foothills, and in the upper 20's to 30's in our ountain areas this morning. Winds will be out of the north in the 10 to 20mph range today, with the potential for gusts up to around 30mph. High temperatures are projected to end up a few degrees cooler than yesterday. Valley areas are currently projected to top out in the mid to high 60's, foothill areas are projected to end up in the 50's to around 60 degrees, and mountain areas will top out in the 40's to mid 50's later today.

Skies will be sunny to mostly sunny, winds will continue to be breezy and out of the north, and temperatures are expected to warm by several degrees across our region on Friday as high pressure builds back into northern California. North winds to 20mph will be possible on Friday, and there will be potential for stronger gusts through the day. This warming trend and sunshine will persist through this upcoming weekend. Temperatures are projected to end up in the mid 70's in the valley on Friday, and will then top out in the mid 70's to low 80's this weekend. Foothilll areas will end up in the 50's to mid 60's on Friday, and then in the 60's to lower 70's on Saturday and Sunday. Mountain areas can expect high temperatures in the 50's to 60's on Friday, and then mostly 60's through this weekend. Looks like it's going to be a great weekend for outdoor activities.

Another wet system is projected to track into the Pacific Northwest Sunday evening, and then become another inside slider event from Sunday night through early Tuesday. This will result in a drop in temperatures, the potential for limited mountain showers, and breezy to gusty north winds early next week. The current projections put valley areas in the mid to high 60's on Sunday, while foothill areas dip back into the 50's to lower 60's, and most mountain areas top out in the 50's. As that area of low pressure exits off to our east we'll have high pressure building back into our region. This will result in sunny skies, dry weather, and another warming trend across northern California. Valley areas will end up back in the mid 70's to potentially lower 80's for the middle of next week, while mountain and foothill areas top out in the 60's to 70's.

Chico
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 85° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 81°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 85° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 81°
Paradise
Clear
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Hi: 78° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 81°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 76° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 80°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 81° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 80°
Willows
Clear
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Hi: 82° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 81°
The first weekend of autumn was pleasant for northern California, but our relatively tranquil weather will change soon. A Pacific storm is approaching the West Coast, and it will bring our area rain showers and gusty wind soon.
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