High pressure off the coast in the Pacific continues to be the main driver in today's forecast, and the low pressure off to our east that brought the stronger winds on Wednesday is now moving further from our region. Winds are still strong in our foothill and canyon areas to the east of the mid valley this morning, but we'll continue to see wind strength diminishing through your Thursday. The strongest gusts this morning are being reported in the Jarbo Gap area, where gusts up to 50mph out of the northeast have been reported. Those gusts in the foothills and Sierra will mostly be upto 35mph after sunrise today. Valley areas can expect north winds up to 15mph today, with gusts up to around 25mph. Skies have been mostly clear overnight, but we are expecting some thin clouds to track across our region this morning before our skies clear out again for this afternoon. Temperatures are starting out in the 30's to 40's in the valley and foothills, and in the teens to 20's in most mountain areas this morning. We'll be partly to mostly sunny this afternoon, with high temperatures warmer than what we had on Wednesday. Valley areas are projected to climb into the upper 60's to lower 70's, foothill areas are projected to end up in the mid 50's to mid 60's, and mountain areas will mostly top out in the upper 40's to lower 60's this afternoon.
Low pressure tracking through to our north will result in our temperatures dropping by around 5 degrees on Friday afternoon, and another degree or two on Saturday. That low pressure tracking through to our north will then dip south off to our east Friday night through Saturday, and will result in another round of gusty north winds across our region from late Friday through early Sunday. Gusts up to around 45mph will be possible, but this wind event does not appear to be quite as strong as Wednesday's. Winds will still be breezy and out of the north on Sunday, but will not be anywhere near as strong as Saturday. There will also be potential for very light rain and snow in our higher elevations closest to the Oregon and Nevada borders on Saturday. Most models are keeping our region dry during that time. Temperatures will end up warmer on Sunday, and we'll continue to be sunny to mostly sunny and dry.
Models are showing low pressure dropping well off the coast in the Pacific early to mid week next week. This will result in a modest dip in temperatures, and a slight chance for mountain showers. The best chance for showers will be well to our south through the middle of next week. Longer range models are still holding on to a slight chance for showers returning to our region late next week, but even that is looking a little less likely from the latest data. Plan on dry weather, above average temperatures, and periods of gusty winds on the way through your extended forecast.