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Storm Tracker Forecast: Light showers return this weekend

Light rain and snow showers will brush across Northern California tonight. More mountain showers could persist through the weekend.

Posted: Jan 3, 2020 6:03 PM

Skies have been mostly sunny across Northern California today and temperatures ended up between 5 to 10 degrees above average this afternoon. Valley areas topped out in the high 50's to low 60's, the foothills were in the mid 50's, and mountain areas were in the high 40's to mid 50's. Overall, we had a very mild and warm day across Northern California. Clouds are expected to increase across our region tonight, and the potential for showers will return to the coast before midnight. Light to moderate rain and snow showers will brush through Northern California overnight, and are mostly projected to wrap up by around noon on Saturday. Snow levels are projected to range from around 4500' to 6000'. Valley areas are projected to get up to around a tenth of an inch of rain, while mountain areas could see between a quarter to a half an inch. Snow totals are expected to be up to around 2 inches. Temperatures in the valley will dip into the high 30's to low 40's overnight, and mountain areas can expect high 20's to low 30's on Saturday morning. We'll see some clearing into your afternoon hours, but skies will stay partly cloudy into your afternoon. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid to high 50's in the valley, high 40's to mid 50's in the foothills, and mid 40's to low 50's in the mountains.

Dry weather and cooler temperatures are expected for the start of your Sunday forecast, but some mountain showers will be possible after the morning. There will also be a slight chance for some sprinkles in Redding on Sunday, but the remainder of the valley will be dry. Valley areas will dip into the mid 30's to around 40 degrees early Sunday, and mountain areas will mostly start out in the 20's. High temperatures will end up in the mid 50's in the valley on Sunday, and mountain areas will end up in the low to mid 40's. Snow levels will continue to range down to around 4500', but amounts are expected to be fairly light. Dry and slightly warmer weather will return for the start of next week. We'll start out in the mid to high 30's in the valley on Monday morning, but will top out back in the high 50's to low 60's.

The next chance for showers is expected to return on Tuesday and temperatures will finally dip back to around average for this time of year. The latest models are showing the potential for light showers in the North valley and in some mountain areas. Snow levels are projected to end up down to around 4500' on Tuesday. There will be a chance for some showers lingering in the mountains on Wednesday but valley areas are expected to stay dry. The next wet weather system will arrive on Thursday and could potentially last through next weekend. That system is currently expected to bring more widespread showers to Northern California with snow levels again at around 4500'. Temperatures will be around average for the end of next week into next weekend.

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Lake2202
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Mono1531
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Calaveras1361
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Inyo863
Mariposa602
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Modoc40
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Alpine20
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After a couple days of comfortably cooler than average weather around northern California, highs rose rapidly to more seasonable levels this afternoon. The warming trend will continue through the weekend, too.
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