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Storm Tracker Forecast: Light mountain showers return this weekend

The chance for light mountain showers will return this weekend, but the trend of warm weather will continue. Dry and windy weather is ahead for the start of next week.

Posted: Feb 14, 2020 5:42 PM

High pressure off the coast in the Eastern Pacific is keeping northern California warm and dry today. That ridge will cotninue to be the main driving factor in your forecast on Saturday, but more clouds are expected to sag into our region by Saturday afternoon. Temperatures topped out in the mid 60's for most of the valley today, while mountain and foothill areas mostly saw mid 50's to low 60's this afternoon. Winds have mostly been under 10mph out of the Northwest. Similar weather will cotinue as we head into your Saturday but more clouds are expected to drop into our region through the day. A cool and wet system is projected to pass through to our North late Saturday into early Sunday. The biggest change to your forecast will be a modest drop in temperatures, but we will also have the potential for light showers brushing through higher elevations. There will also be a very slight chance for a light shower in dip into the northern end of the valley, but that's looking less likely in the latest model runs. The best chance for mountain showers will start late Saturday evening and last through early in the day on Sunday. Snow levels will be down to around 6000' and we are not expecting much in the way of accumulation. Rain totals where we do actually see rainfall will be up to around a tenth of an inch. Temperatures will continue to be above average through your weekend despite the cooler system passing through.

The low pressure trough that brings the modest cooling trend and chance for mountain showers will move off to our East for the start of next week. Gusty north winds will develop in the wake of that trough early next week. Gusts up to around 35mph out of the north will be possible in the valley, and stronger gusts can be expected in Sierra and foothill locations on Monday and Tuesday. There will be a slight chance for gusty winds continuing on Wednesday. Temperatures will climb back into the mid to high 60's in the valley from the middle to latter part of next week, and higher elevations can expect high temperatures in the 50's to low 60's. Long range models are currently hinting at a chance for a wet system bringing showers back to northern California next weekend, but a lot could change over the next week.

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CountyCasesDeaths
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San Bernardino2450331560
Riverside2338992517
San Diego2068702037
Orange2059112277
Santa Clara899831040
Kern82398551
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Santa Barbara23184223
Sonoma22910234
Kings18453110
Placer16761173
San Luis Obispo14851125
Madera12778130
Santa Cruz11583111
Marin11244149
Yolo10097131
Shasta9594117
Butte9127120
Sutter743976
El Dorado739441
Napa711738
Lassen506713
San Benito477843
Yuba476626
Tehama391742
Tuolumne327936
Nevada307571
Mendocino305531
Amador294029
Lake237828
Humboldt226324
Glenn179819
Colusa16849
Calaveras151322
Siskiyou138812
Mono10804
Inyo88327
Del Norte8442
Plumas5735
Modoc3783
Mariposa3414
Trinity2994
Alpine730
Sierra690
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 73° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 52°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 69° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 52°
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 68° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 52°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 52° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 62°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 75° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 63°
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 78° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 54°
We'll be dry and warm the next few days with strong winds Monday-Tuesday. We'll cool gradually through the week with a chance of showers Friday.
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