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Storm Tracker Forecast: Dry & warmer this weekend

We'll be staying dry and getting warmer this weekend, but will be dealing with much cooler temperatures and the potential for dense fog over the next few mornings.

Posted: Dec 18, 2020 6:30 AM

Dry weather with cooler morning low temperatures, warmer daytime high temperatures, and the potential for morning fog is expected in your forecast through this weekend. High pressure is building into northern California this morning and the low pressure that brought us that shot of wet weather is now off to our east. These areas are interacting to provide enough north wind overnight to prevent any fog development in our region and our temperatures from getting too cold this morning. We are starting out much cooler than 24 hours ago in most areas. Valley and foothill areas are starting out in the 30's to lower 40's this morning, while mountain areas have dipped into the teens to lower 30's overnight. Skies are mostly clear, and we'll be mostly sunny through your Friday. Winds will be out of the north or northwest to 15mph through this afternoon. High temperatures will top out in the upper 50's to lower 60's in the valley, in the 50's in the foothills, and in the 40's to 50's in most mountain areas this afternoon.

Cooler overnight low temperatures, the potential for patchy dense morning fog, and above average high temperatures are on the way for your weekend, and this trend is expected to continue into Christmas week. Low temperatures in the valley are projected to dip into the upper 20's to mid 30's this weekend, while foothill areas see low temperatures in the 30's to low 40's, and mountain areas have low temperatures in the teens to 20's. High temperatures will top out in the high 50's to mid 60's in the valley, mid 50's to low 60's in the foothills, and 40's to high 50's in most mountain areas through the weekend. The start of next week looks very similar to what we'll see through your weekend, but low pressure tracking through to our north will bring a chance for showers to mountain areas closest to the Oregon border from late Monday night through early Wednesday. The current models are keeping the valley dry through at least the middle of next week, but we could see some showers sagging into the northern zones of the valley during that same time that mountain areas are expecting showers. Any shower activity does look to be light at the moment. Models are keeping our region dry on Thursday, but the longer range forecast could bring some precipitation back into northern California on Christmas Day next Friday.

Chico
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 72°
Oroville
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 69°
Paradise
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 72°
Chester
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 72°
Red Bluff
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 72°
Willows
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 72°
We've been warming today under a sunny sky, and the heat will only get more intense going forward. Today we warmed back to seasonal averages, and it will get much hotter through the weekend and beyond.
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