Storm Tracker Forecast: Dry & windy with high fire danger today

Dry and windy conditions are resulting in high fire danger, and a Red Flag Warning is staying in place today. We also have a Wind Advisory in effect through early this afternoon. Lighter winds and mild conditions will return for your Wednesday and last through this weekend.

Posted: Oct 27, 2020 6:06 AM

Be prepared for another day of dry and windy conditions driving high fire danger across northern California. A Red Flag Warning for high fire danger will be in effect through 5pm today for the valley, foothills, a portion of the Sierra, and Trinity County. Eastern Plumas and Lassen County areas will be under a Red Flag Warning through noon today. A Wind Advisory is also in effect for portions of the foothills and Sierra through 2pm today. Sustained winds up to around 30mph will be possible, and gusts up to around 50mph are also possible today in the foothills and mountains. Sustained winds to 20mph out of the north are possible in the valley, with gusts up to around 30mph. Humidity will also stay very low today, and is expected to bottom out in the 3 to 15 percent range this afternoon. The very low humidity, gusty winds, and record dry fuels are the main driving factors in our high fire danger today.

Northern California remains situated between high pressure off the coast in the Pacific, and low pressure to our east. High pressure will nudge a little closer to our region today, and the low pressure area is moving further to our south and east. This will result in warmer temperatures than Monday, and winds that are not as strong through the day. The strongest winds are expected this morning, and will then gradually decrease through the afternoon. Temperatures are starting out in the 40's to low 60's in the valley, 40's to 50's in the foothills, and anywhere from the teens to 40's in the mountains this morning. Winds are mostly out of the north to around 15mph early today, but some areas of the foothills and Sierra are reporting winds a bit stronger than that. We're still tracking some areas with gusts between 40 to 50mph this morning, but those should start to subside after sunrise. Humidity will be very low again today, and is projected to bottom out in the 3 to 15 percent range. High temperatures will mostly end up in the mid 80's in the valley, in the 70 to 80 degree range in the foothills, and the mid 60's to around 80 degrees in the mountains this afternoon. Gusty winds, very low humidity, and record dry fuels are leaving us with fire danger in the high range today.

High pressure will build into northern California over the next few days, and that will help to put an end to the gusty winds in our region. Temperatures will stay above average for the rest of your extended forecast, but will not be as warm as today on Wednesday. Valley areas will top out in the upper 70's to mid 80's through this weekend, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the low to mid 70's. Skies will be sunny and conditions will be staying dry through at least Sunday. Models are hinting at a chance for showers in our northern zones on Tuesday of next week, but this doesn't look very likely at this point. Also, remember that Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, so you'll want to plan ahead to changing your clock back one hour late Saturday night into early Sunday.

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3543340

Reported Deaths: 49888
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118349620069
Riverside2885413695
San Bernardino2850812651
Orange2598573848
San Diego2578053218
Santa Clara1095061747
Kern102137786
Fresno945841397
Sacramento926211446
Alameda797961200
Ventura76947805
San Joaquin662901042
Contra Costa61865653
Stanislaus55487937
Tulare47680731
Monterey42016323
San Mateo38552502
San Francisco33947394
Santa Barbara31630398
Solano29882161
Merced28749393
Sonoma27845295
Imperial26840587
Kings21916218
Placer19661231
San Luis Obispo19500221
Madera15325201
Santa Cruz14516174
Marin13083197
Yolo12689185
Shasta10950172
Butte10855158
El Dorado906995
Napa895068
Sutter881896
San Benito572358
Yuba571936
Lassen559419
Tehama506852
Tuolumne392959
Nevada390974
Mendocino379043
Amador343840
Humboldt313633
Lake310740
Glenn220723
Colusa212513
Calaveras190225
Siskiyou172013
Inyo127835
Mono12084
Del Norte9765
Plumas6516
Modoc4504
Mariposa3937
Trinity3525
Sierra990
Alpine800
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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Chico
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Red Bluff
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Red Bluff
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Chico
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Strong wind continues to blow through the valley this afternoon, and will last through the evening. Thursday will still be a fairly breezy day, but the wind won't be as strong and our temperatures will be warmer. More wind is coming Friday and Saturday.
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