Get ready for stronger winds across northern California today. High pressure off the coast in the Pacific will continue to keep our region dry and low pressure dropping south to our east will result in the increasing north winds today. A Wind Advisory will go into effect in the valley at 10am this morning and is set to last through 8pm this evening. Sustained winds are projected to be up into the 20 to 35mph range, with the potential for gusts in the 40 to 50mph range through this evening. The strongest winds are expected later this morning through the middle of this afternoon. Skies will be sunny to mostly sunny through the day. Temperatures are starting out in the 40's to 50's in the valley and foothills this morning, and in the teens to lower 30's in our mountain areas. High temperatures are projected to end up in the low to mid 60's in the valley, upper 40's to upper 50's in the foothills, and in the upper 30's to lower 50's in our higher elevations this afternoon. Overall, the temperatures will be comfortable, but the wind will be a big issue through the day. You're advised to secure loose items you may have outdoors, be prepared for debris in the roads while you drive, try not to park under any looming tree branches, and be prepared for the potential for power outages this afternoon.
High pressure will remain off the coast through the rest of your work week, but the low pressure to our east will move further away on Thursday. This will result in a drop in the winds, but we'll be staying sunny and dry. Temperatures will also warm by several degrees on Thursday afternoon after starting out a little cooler than Wednesday morning. Dry and mostly mild weather is expected on Friday. Temperatures will top out in the mid 60's to lower 70's in the valley late this week, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the 50's to 60's.
Another area of low pressure will drop to the south off to our east on Saturday, and this will result in another round of gusty north winds across northern California. The current outlook keeps winds from getting as strong as what's projected for today, but that could change in the next few runs. We'll also have a slight chance for some light rain and snow in the Sierra on Saturday. Winds will continue to stay strong on Saturday night, but are expected to diminish on Sunday. The latest models are now keeping our region dry early to mid week next week. High pressure will remain in place, and that will keep our skies sunny to mostly sunny and our temperatures above average for this time of year. Longer range models are now showing the potential for wet weather returning in our forecast Thursday into Friday of next week, but that is still a long way away and is subject to change as we get closer to that time frame. We'll continue to track the very latest information and data to make sure you have all of the information you need to be prepared for what's ahead in your forecast.