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Storm Tracker Forecast: Rain & snow return this weekend

Cloudy but dry weather is ahead for tonight. Gusty winds are likely in the mountains. Rain and snow showers will return to Northern California tomorrow afternoon and last through Sunday.

Posted: Dec 20, 2019 5:50 PM

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.

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1249923690
Riverside23334533
Orange21517402
San Diego18402415
San Bernardino17414304
Imperial7654127
Fresno762787
Alameda7407146
San Joaquin606567
Kern597989
Santa Clara5678166
Tulare5509148
Sacramento493278
Stanislaus436450
Contra Costa435788
San Francisco414550
Ventura409353
Santa Barbara386829
San Mateo3787111
Marin322730
Kings285539
Monterey234317
Solano198527
Merced179312
Sonoma151914
Placer99311
San Luis Obispo8774
Madera8578
Yolo80228
Santa Cruz5063
Napa4664
Sutter3374
Butte3194
San Benito3112
El Dorado2920
Lassen2690
Shasta1766
Yuba1633
Humboldt1614
Glenn1590
Nevada1591
Mendocino1070
Colusa1030
Lake1011
Tehama981
Calaveras610
Tuolumne600
Del Norte580
Mono491
Amador360
Inyo341
Siskiyou330
Mariposa311
Plumas150
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
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Hi: 102° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 90°
Oroville
Clear
89° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 89°
Paradise
Few Clouds
90° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 90°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 86° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 81°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 103° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 92°
Willows
Few Clouds
90° wxIcon
Hi: 104° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 90°
Slightly hotter temperatures are ahead for your Friday and we'll continue to get even hotter through the middle of next week.
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