Storm Tracker Forecast: Mild today, but more wet weather is ahead

Some morning fog is possible today, but conditions will be mostly mild and comfortable. Modest showers are expected to return on Wednesday and another round of wet weather is projected to move through on Friday.

Posted: Jan 5, 2021 6:06 AM

The storm system that brought very active conditions to our region yesterday has now moved off to our east, and high pressure is building back into northern California today. This will result in a break from the wet weather, clearing skies, and slightly warmer temperatures for your Tuesday afternoon. Rapid fog development will be possible for the start of your Tuesday, and a Dense Fog Advisory has been issued for valley areas from Butte and Glenn Counties to the south through 10am. Visibility could dip to around a quarter mile or less in some areas, so you may want to give yourself extra time to get to where you're going early today. Temperatures are starting out in the 30's to 40's in the valley and foothills, while mountain areas have dipped into the 20's to 30's overnight. Winds will mostly be light today, but valley areas are expecting winds up to 10mph out of the north. Skies are expected to be mostly sunny this afternoon. High temperatures will top out in the mid 50's to around 60 degrees in the valley, foothill areas will end up in the 40's to mid 50's, and mountain areas will end up in the low 40's to low 50's this afternoon.

Another wet system will push showers across our region through the day on Wednesday, but amounts will not be as substantial as what we had on Monday. Most valley, foothill, and Sierra areas are currently projected to get less than a quarter of an inch of rain, but up to a half an inch of rain will be possible in the Northern Mountains. Snow levels will end up in the 3500' range in the Northern Mountains, and down to around 4500' in the Sierra and Southern Cascades. This system will be brief and is expected to wrap up Wednesday night. Temperatures will be similar for the start of your Wednesday, but are projected to end up 5 to 10 degrees cooler than this afternoon. A lull in the wet weather is expected for most of Thursday, but the next wet system could reach the coastal areas as early as Thursday night. More showers are looking likely on Friday, and this round of wet weather does look to be more substantial than Wednesday's, but nowhere near as strong as Monday's. Up to around a half inch of rain is projected in the valley, foothills, and the Sierra, while upwards of an inch of rain will be possible in areas closest to the coast. Current snow level projections are between 3500', and 5000' on Friday, so mountain travel impacts are looking likely as we head into your weekend. Several inches of snow will be possible on Friday but it does not look like we'll be seeing any of our region getting close to the 1 foot mark.

Models have been conflicted on what to expect for this weekend, but the consensus is that high pressure will build back into northern California. This will result in dry weather, with above average high temperatures. Cloudy skies do look likely for both Saturday and Sunday. Overnight low temperatures will be chilly, but most areas are expected to stay above the average for this time of year due to the clouds. The next round of possible showers will arrive late Sunday night into Monday of next week. We would absolutely love to see this kind of pattern continue, and our water storage bulstered, but longer range models are currently mixed on what to expect for the remainder of next week.

Chico
Clear
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Hi: 69° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 64°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 65° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 64°
Paradise
Clear
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Hi: 64° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 64°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 55° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 66°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 65° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 66°
Willows
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 66° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 64°
Grab your jacket and and give yourself extra time to get where you're going Friday morning. We have brisk temperatures and areas of dense fog across northern California early today. Sunny skies and warm temperatures are ahead for the rest of your Friday and this weekend. Cooling down with the chance for showers early next week.
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