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Storm Tracker Forecast: Mountain T-Storms & unhealthy air quality today

The potential for active weather will continue in some mountain areas today and air quality will continue to be impacted by smoke from active fires in our region. Warmer temperatures are ahead for your late week and weekend forecast.

Posted: Aug 26, 2020 6:35 AM

Not much is changing in your forecast today. A weak area of low pressure is centered just to our south and a strong ridge of high pressure is off to our east. Another short-wave will track north across our region this afternoon and that will bring a chance for light showers and thunderstorm activity to higher elevations this afternoon and evening. High pressure off to our east is keeping temperatures around or just slightly below average for this time of year. The most likely area for thunderstorm activity today will be in Plumas, Lassen, and Modoc Counties, but there will also be a chance for some thunderstorm activity in the Northern Mountains this afternoon and evening.

Skies are mostly clear of clouds to start the day over northern California, but smoke continues to blanket our region this morning. Air quality is still in the unhealthy range for most of our region, but has modestly improved compared to the start of your Tuesday. Some parts of the mid valley are starting out with air quality in the moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups range. Temperatures are starting out in the 60's to 70's in the valley and foothills, whlie mountain areas are in the 40's to 50's to start the day. Winds are mostly out of the east this morning, but will shift to become out of the south to 10mph again this afternoon. Humidity is expected to be slightly higher this afternoon, with most areas ranging from around 25 to 40 percent this afternoon. That is a noteworthy improvement compared to the last few days, and will help to keep fire danger back into the moderate to high range this afternoon. High temperatures will mostly end up in the mid 90's in the valley this afternoon, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the mid 80's to lower 90's. The threat of thunderstorms will return to higher elevations this afternoon, with the best chance resting in the northeastern zones of our region.

High pressure to our east will be the dominant feature in your late week and weekend forecast, and will usher in a warming trend from Friday through Sunday. Valley areas will climb into the upper 90's to low triple digits, while foothill and mountain areas will end up in the upper 80's to mid 90's. Active weather will be possible in higher elevations for the afternoon and evening on Friday and Saturday, but the latest models aren't showing much happening during that time. Low pressure tracking through to our north is expected to bring another modest drop in temperatures into our forecast for the start of next week. Valley areas are currently projected to end up in the mid to upper 90's on Monday and Tuesday, while mountain and foothill areas range from the mid 80's to low 90's.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1215455

Reported Deaths: 19151
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3958437639
San Bernardino930191129
Riverside868541437
San Diego81084997
Orange778191577
Kern41328448
Fresno38288481
Sacramento36905576
Santa Clara34292476
Alameda29476512
San Joaquin25742502
Contra Costa23895261
Stanislaus21714424
Tulare20701308
Ventura19510175
Imperial16019356
San Francisco15450160
Monterey15328121
San Mateo14148170
Sonoma12198157
Merced11688179
Santa Barbara11481135
Kings1109387
Solano1025281
Marin7755129
Placer649768
San Luis Obispo612936
Madera611985
Shasta488247
Yolo482776
Santa Cruz442628
Butte389459
Sutter333216
Napa303317
El Dorado24154
Yuba203610
San Benito188016
Lassen17733
Tehama167825
Mendocino145823
Nevada12729
Tuolumne9818
Glenn9258
Lake92019
Humboldt8509
Colusa7116
Siskiyou6242
Amador56316
Mono5483
Calaveras47822
Del Norte3281
Inyo29016
Plumas2150
Trinity1580
Mariposa1312
Modoc1310
Alpine500
Sierra190
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 64° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 39°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 62° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 41°
Paradise
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 39°
Chester
Clear
22° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 22°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 64° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 32°
Willows
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 39°
Above average temperatures and sunny skies will be in in the forecast for the next 7 days. Sadly, no rain.
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