The break from the wet weather now looks like it may last through most of your Saturday forecast, but rain and snow will be returning this weekend. Gusty South winds will bring travel impacts to portions of the Sierra and Cascades tonight and tomorrow. Sustained winds could reach 35mph out of the South and gusts are projected to top out in the 40 to 60mph range through tomorrow night. A High Wind Warning is in effect for Modoc County and is projected to stay in effect through 10pm Saturday night. Winds will be much lighter in the valley and are only expected to be up to around 15mph out of the Southeast tonight and tomorrow. The cloud cover will help to keep temperatures mild again tonight. Valley areas will only dip into the low to mid 40's on Saturday morning, and mountain areas will end up in the high 20's to mid 30's overnight.
Cloudy skies will continue to cover Northern California on Saturday and showers will be returning through the day. The potential for wet weather will return to the Coastal Range and Northern Mountains early in the afternoon, but is now expected to hold off on making it's way into the valley until tomorrow evening. Rain and snow showers will return to the Sierra late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Snow levels are expected to be down to around 3500' in Shasta County and in the 4000' to 5000' range in the Sierra this weekend. A Winter Weather Advisory is going into effect in elevation above 3500' in Shasta County at 10pm Saturday night and will stay in effect through 10pm Sunday evening. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect in areas down to 4500' in the Sierra and Cascades at 7am Sunday morning and will also stay in effect through 10pm Sunday night. Most of those areas will see up to 8 inches of snow during that time, but some portions of Shasta County and the Northern Mountains could see up to 2 feet of snow. We also have a Winter Storm Watch in effect for portions of Siskiyou County down to 3500' from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Up to a foot and a half of snow can be expected in Siskiyou County and gusty South winds will also bring impacts during that time.
Most of the showers will taper off by Monday in Northern California. We'll be very chilly Monday and Tuesday mornings. Temperatures will dip into the 30's in the valley and into the teens to 20's in the mountains. Dry weather is expected to last on Monday and Tuesday. We'll see a decent chance for showers returning for Christmas Day on Wednesday. There will be a decent chance for wet weather continuing on Thursday and through the end of next week.