Sunny skies, gusty north winds, and slightly below average temperatures were observed in your Thursday forecast across Northern California. Temperatures topped out in the mid 60's in the valley, while foothill areas ended up in the mid 50's to low 60's, and mountain areas topped out in the 40's to 50's. Winds were out of the north up to almost 20mph, with gusts up to around 25mph this afternoon. Your Friday forecast looks similar to Thursday, but winds will be lighter and we are expecting some clouds to fill into our region through the day.
A pair of storms will move into Northern California through your weekend and will have the potential for bring major travel impacts to some mountain areas. A Winter Storm Watch is set to go into effect Friday night through Saturday night in the Northern Mountains down to around 3000'. Up to 7 inches of snow will be possible for that area. Western Shasta County will have the Winter Storm Watch in effect from Friday night through Sunday night in areas above 4500'. 1 to 2 feet of snow will be possible in that area during that time. The Western Slopes of the Sierra will have the Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday morning through Monday morning down to 4500'. A foot and a half to 2 feet of snow look possible in those areas, with up to 3 feet of snow possible in localized parts of the Sierra through that time frame. Rain and snow are expected to be light to moderate on Saturday and will become heavier on Sunday. Snowfall could reach 2 inches per hour through the day on Sunday and travel will likely be dangerous in higher elevations. Snow levels are projected to be down to around 4000' on Saturday, and down to around 3500' on Sunday. Valley and foothill areas will also have the potential for thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon and evening. Temperatures will start out in the low to mid 40's in the valley this weekend and will end up the mid 50's. Mountain areas will start out in the 20's to 30's in the mornings and will end up in the low to mid 40's in the afternoons through your weekend.
Showers are expected to linger in your Monday forecast, but they will be much lighter than Sunday. The heavier precipitation will be moving into Central and Southern California through the middle of the week. There will be a lingering chance for thunderstorms in the valley on Monday. The potential for light showers will linger on Tuesday, but most of the wet weather is expected to be to our south by then. Temperatures will warm back into the mid to high 60's in the valley on Tuesday and are expected to climb into the 70's with mostly sunny skies on Wednesday. Mountain areas will be back in the mid 50's to low 60's by the middle of next week.