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Storm Tracker Forecast: Mostly dry & warm through Friday

The trend of sunny to mostly sunny skies, well above average temperatures and dry weather will continue through Friday for the majority of Northern California. There's a slight chance for Sierra showers on Thursday evening. Cooler temperatures and the chance for showers will return this weekend.

Posted: Apr 14, 2020 6:25 PM

We had sunny skies, warm temperatures, and breezy North winds across Northern California on Tuesday afternoon. Winds were not as strong as yesterday, and mostly topped out at around 15mph. Temperatures ended up in the 70's to low 80's in the valley, in the high 60's to low 70's in the foothills, and in the low 60's to low 70's in most mountain areas. High pressure off the coast in the Pacific has continued to be the dominant feature in our forecast, and will continue to be the dominant feature over the next several days.

A weak area of low pressure will drop down off the coast of California on Wednesday. That will result in some clouds brushing through our region and modest winds out of the South on Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures will stay well above average for this time of year over the next several days. Valley areas can expect low temperatures in the 40's to low 50's and high temperatures in the high 70's to low 80's through Friday. Foothill areas will start out in the 40's to 50's and end up in the 60's to mid 70's from Wednesday through Friday. Mountain areas will dip into the 30's to 40's overnight and will end up in the 60's to 70's over the next few afternoons. An area of low pressure sliding down into the Great Basin to our East will bring the potential for gusty North winds, and scattered Sierra showers back into our forecast on Thursday. The best chance for showers will be to our South, but we can't rule out some light precipitation in our region. Dry and warm weather is expected on Friday.

Low pressure dropping down towards Northern California from the Gulf of Alaska will merge with an area of low pressure approaching from the Eastern Pacific this weekend, and that will result in a cooling trend and the potential for showers returning to our region. We'll have a modest drop in temperatures and increasing clouds through your Saturday. Temperatures will end up below average on Sunday afternoon and showers will become more likely through the day. The current outlook puts the best chance for showers in the Sunday evening through Monday timeframe. Showers are expected to be light and snow levels are projected to be around 6500' or above.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3095814

Reported Deaths: 35549
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles104602114641
San Bernardino2587421561
Riverside2558082739
San Diego2197312222
Orange2178492546
Santa Clara959361158
Kern87240572
Fresno83591968
Sacramento816871128
Alameda69107842
Ventura63413462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43392773
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo33207309
San Francisco29665274
Solano26191108
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25380486
Merced24570316
Sonoma24262242
Kings19588148
Placer17584186
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13585151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10852138
Shasta9750123
Butte9582128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa773145
Lassen519916
San Benito504246
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323874
Mendocino319232
Amador303631
Lake264631
Humboldt245825
Glenn195520
Colusa17969
Calaveras163723
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
Sierra820
Alpine730
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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Chico
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Red Bluff
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Red Bluff
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Chico
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Hi: 55° Lo: 39°
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Light rain and snow is expected in your Friday forecast. We'll be mostly dry and warmer on Saturday. A more substantial system with lower snow levels is in your forecast for Sunday into early Monday. Long range models are showing very wet weather for the middle of next week.
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