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Storm Tracker Forecast: Much cooler with mountain showers this weekend

Much cooler temperatures, mountain showers, and gusty winds are all on the way for your weekend.

Posted: Feb 28, 2020 6:09 PM

Skies became cloudy across northern California today, but we remained dry and warm. High temperatures topped out in the low to mid 70's in the valley, and in the 60's to around 70 degrees in the mountain and foothills. Breezy south winds developed through the day. Most areas saw winds up to around 10mph out of the south but Chico did register sustained winds up to 17mph earlier this afternoon .Modest winds are expected this evening.

A wet and cooler system will be dropping down into northern California from the Pacific Northwest through your weekend. The Natioanal Weather Service out of Sacramento has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for portions of Lassen and Plumas Counties from 5pm Saturday through 4pm Sunday. A cold front will move through our region and bring tempeeratures back down to around if not a little below average. Valley areas will start out in the low to mid 40's for your Saturday morning, and mountian areas will mostly dip into the 20's to low 30's again overnight. Foothill areas will dip into the mid to high 40's overnight. Temperatures are projected to top out in the low to mid 60's in the valley on Saturday afternoon, while foothill areas climb into the low to mid 50's and mountain areas end up in the 40's to low 50's. There will be a chance for showers down to as far south as the Shasta County mountains before the afternoon hours, and then a much better chance for mountain showers returning tomorrow evening. There will also be a very slight chance for some light precipitation in the valley. Snow levels will be down to as low as 4500' in the Sierra on Saturday and will then dip to below 3000' on Sunday morning. Moisture will be very limited by the time the snow levels dip into the foothills and minimal to no impact is expected from that low snowfall. Snow levels will be down into the 2000' to 3000' range in the Northern Mountains through this weekend. Most of the showers will head down to our South by early in the day on Sunday but some scattered showers may linger into your Sunday afternoon. Gusty winds will be picking up out of the North on Sunday. A Wind Advisory has been issued for the valley from 10am to 8pm on Sunday. Sustained winds could top out at around 30mph in the valley on Sunday and we could see gusts up to around 40mph. Temperatures will be slightly cooler on Sunday.

We'll have clearing skies and dry weather on the way for your Monday. Gusty winds are expected to continue through the start of next week, but are not expected to remain strong enough for the Wind Advisory to be extended. Dry and warmer weather is on the way through the middle of next week. High temperatures in the valley will climb back into the high 60's to low 70's on Monday and then back into the mid to high 70's for the middle of next week. Long range models are hinting at the potential for a wet system bringing rain and snow back to our region as we head into next weekend.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 310885

Reported Deaths: 6955
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1274393744
Riverside24765537
Orange22650412
San Diego18863420
San Bernardino18275304
Imperial7759132
Fresno762787
Alameda7485147
San Joaquin627968
Kern619597
Santa Clara5863166
Tulare5678152
Sacramento515279
Contra Costa446088
Stanislaus436450
San Francisco431650
Ventura409353
Santa Barbara386829
San Mateo3846112
Marin336430
Kings285539
Monterey241918
Solano207528
Merced179312
Sonoma156114
Placer102111
San Luis Obispo9054
Madera8578
Yolo83928
Santa Cruz5373
Napa4774
Butte3384
Sutter3374
San Benito3112
El Dorado3070
Lassen2610
Shasta1766
Humboldt1654
Glenn1640
Nevada1631
Yuba1633
Lake1081
Mendocino1070
Colusa1030
Tehama981
Calaveras670
Tuolumne640
Del Norte600
Mono491
Siskiyou410
Amador360
Inyo341
Mariposa311
Plumas170
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 84°
Oroville
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 104° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 86°
Paradise
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 84°
Chester
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 63°
Red Bluff
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 104° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 82°
Willows
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 106° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 84°
There is a Red Flag Warning in Modoc county today and tomorrow with temperatures getting as hot as 110 degrees for some in the Valley by Wednesday.
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