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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.

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CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118754221106
Riverside2891853749
San Bernardino2853342673
Orange2603483889
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1098411765
Kern102627811
Fresno947941412
Sacramento929441464
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San Joaquin665691082
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Stanislaus55775944
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Monterey42138327
San Mateo38763515
San Francisco34061398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano29968164
Merced28915395
Sonoma27954298
Imperial26843589
Kings21951218
Placer19713231
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15390209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12760185
Shasta10944174
Butte10915160
El Dorado9095100
Napa897668
Sutter884597
San Benito574359
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada393274
Mendocino379643
Amador344441
Humboldt316033
Lake313440
Glenn221023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3947
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 35°
Oroville
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 37°
Chico
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 35°
Red Bluff
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 35°
Red Bluff
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 35°
Chico
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 35°
After plenty of morning clouds, we had plentiful sunshine this afternoon with weaker wind and warmer highs. The clear sky and light wind will lead to a chillier start Friday morning, and we'll have a breezy and mild Friday before more changes arrive.
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