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Storm Tracker Forecast: Gusty winds & potential for mountain showers today

Gusty north winds will keep fire danger elevated today, and the potential for Sierra showers and thunderstorms will return for your afternoon. Dry weather, and a substantial warming trend are ahead in your late week and weekend forecast.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 6:20 AM

High pressure remains off the coast in the Pacific and low pressure is stalled just off to our east in Nevada for the start of your Wednesday. Conditions today will be similar to what we had on Tuesday, but are not expected to be as severe. Winds will still be breezy and out of the north, but not as strong as yesterday. Sustained winds up to 15mph out of the north look likely for the valley, and gusts in the 20 to 30mph range will be possible today. Most of our region will have sunny to mostly sunny skies, but the Sierra will be partly cloudy with a chance for showers this afternoon. There will also be the slight threat of thunderstorms in the Sierra again this afternoon. Foothill areas will likely just see a modest increase in clouds through this afternoon, and will only have a slight chance for very light scattered showers today. Temperatures are starting out in the 40's to 50's in the valley and foothills, and in the 20's to 30's in our mountain zones this morning. High temperatures will top out in the mid to high 70's in the valley, in the upper 50's to upper 60's in the foothills, and in the mid 50's to mid 60's in most mountain zones on Wednesday afternoon.

The low pressure in Nevada will get pushed east on Thursday as the high pressure in the Eastern Pacific builds into northern California. This will resuilt in sunny skies, lighter winds and slightly warmer high temperatures across northern California for your Thursday afternoon. High pressure will continue to build across northern California through this weekend, and that will bring sunny skies, dry weather, and a substantial warming trend to your late week and weekend forecast. Temperatures will only be a couple of degrees warmer on Thursday than Wednesday, but we'll have a bigger jump in temperatures on Friday. Valley areas will climb back into the low to mid 80's on Friday, mid to high 80's on Saturday, and upper 80's to lower 90's on Sunday and Monday. Foothill areas will end up in the 60's to mid 70's on Friday, and then 70's to mid 80's from Saturday through Monday. Mountain areas will top out in the 60's to 70's on Friday, and then we can expect high temperatures to range from the upper 60's to upper 70's this weekend and early next week.

Longer range models are showing a cooler system bringing out temperatures back down by several degrees on Tuesday and a slight chance for some mountain showers. Valley areas will dip back into the low to mid 80's on Tuesday, while foothill and mountain areas still mostly top out in the 60's to 70's. Mostly dry weather, and warm temperatures are expected for the better part of next week. A chance for showers is currently projected for our region next weekend.

Chico
Clear
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Hi: 93° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 66°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 93° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 66°
Paradise
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 66°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 76° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 70°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 94° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 70°
Willows
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 94° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 66°
We'll be sunny with slightly above average temperatures again on Wednesday afternoon. The threat of thunderstorms will keep our fire danger high today, with more widespread thunderstorms Thursday. Dangerous heat returns this weekend and will persist through at least the start of next week.
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