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Storm Tracker Forecast: Lighter showers & potential for thunderstorms today

Lighter rain and snow showers, and the potential for thunderstorms are ahead in your Friday forecast. We'll be drying out and warming up through your first weekend of Spring!

Posted: Mar 19, 2021 6:19 AM

It's a good idea to keep your umbrella handy today, but a lot of you may end not actually needing it in your Friday forecast. The heavier rain and snow that we were tracking yesterday has now turned into much more limited and lighter showers across northern Californai today. The Winter Weather Advisory that was set to stay in effect in our portions of the northern Sierra was lifted early, but areas to our south in the Sierra will still have that advisory in effect through midnight tonight. We'll still have clouds overhead in your Friday forecast, but more sunshine is expected to break through today. The best chance for showers will be in our higher elevations and the northern end of the valley. Mid valley and foothill areas have a chance for showers, but it looks to be very modest through the day. There is also a slight threat of thunderstorm activity this afternoon and evening in the northern zones of the valley and surrounding foothills. Snow levels are down to around 3000' in Shasta and Trinity Counties today, and down into the 3500' to 4500' range in the Sierra. Temperatures are starting out warmer this morning. Valley areas are in teh 40's to 50's, foothill areas are in the 30's to 40's, and mountain areas are in the 20's to lower 40's for the start of your Friday morning. South winds to 15mph are expected, and gusts up to 25mph are possible. High temperatures are projected to end up in the upper 50's to mid 60's in the valley, 40's to mid 50's in the foothills, and upper 30's to low 50's in the mountains this afternoon.

Some very limited shower activity may linger into your Saturday forecast, but that will mostly wrap up very early in the morninig. Saturday marks the first day of the Spring season, and it will look more Spring-like as mostly sunny to sunny skies return for your Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will end up cooler for the start of your Saturday, but high temperatures will not change much compared to Friday in the valley. Foothill and mountain areas can expect high temperatures to end up a few degrees warmer on Saturday afternoon than what we'll have on Friday. Sunny to mostly sunny skies and warmer tmeperatures are on the way in your Sunday forecast. Valley areas will end up in the mid to high 60's, foothill areas will mostly end up in the 50's to low 60's, and mountain areas will top out in the 40's to 50's on Sunday afternoon.

A modest disturbance tracking through to our north on Monday will bring a very slight chance for mountain showers, and gusty north winds back into our forecast early next week. Partly to mostly cloudy skies can be expected on Monday. Sunny skies and windy weather will be on the way in your Tuesday forecast. We're expecting to get even warmer in the valley on Wednesday, with valley areas currently projected to end up in the low to mid 70's. There will be a slight chance for mountain showers, but the bigger impact will be more gusty north winds for the middle of next week. Dry and warm weather is expected late next week into next weekend.

Chico
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Oroville
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Paradise
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Chester
Mostly Cloudy
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Red Bluff
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Willows
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The first of two storms moved over northern California late last night and this morning, but our weather has quieted for now. More rain showers will fall Saturday, but heavier rain and snow with stronger wind arrives Sunday.
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