The Red Flag Warning and Wind Advisory are still in effect for the valley, foothills, and portions of the Northern Sierra. Winds are still substantial this afternoon, but should become somewhat lighter through this evening and humidity is expected to recover well over the next 24 hours. Gusts have topped out at around 44mph in Redding out of the North earlier today. Areas along I-5 have seen gusts ranging from around 40 to 45mph. Butte County areas have also been windy through the day but not to the same extent. Portions of the Feather River Canyon have had gusts up to around 55mph recorded today but winds overall are expected to become lighter through the night. The Wind Advisory is set to expire at 10pm this evening, and the Red Flag Warning in still set to expire at 7am on Thursday morning.
Winds on Thursday are only expected to be up to around 10mph out of the North and humidity will only dip into the 25 to 40 percent range in the afternoon. Fire danger will be back in the moderate range on Thursday. Temperatures will become cooler for the end of your work week. Valley areas are projected to top out in the low to mid 60's on Thursday and Friday, while mountain areas mostly top out in the mid 50's. Overnight low temperatures will become much cooler over the next several nights, so you may want to get that jacket handy. Valley areas will dip into the 30's to low 40's in the overnight hours, and mountain areas will be dipping into the 20's to 30's for overnight low temperatures. We'll be dry with mostly modest winds through the weekend, but temperatures will become slightly warmer. Valley areas will climb back into the high 60's to low 70's in the valley on Saturday and Sunday. Mountain areas can expect mostly sunny skies and mid 50's to low 60's for high temperatrues this weekend.
We are keeping a close eye at another potential wind event on the way for your Monday forecast, and then a decent chance for widespread wet weather returning to Northern California on Tuesday into Wednesday of next week. The chance for showers is resting at around 40 to 50 percent during that time. We'll also have a decent chance for rain and snow showers in the mountains, which could mean big travel impacts right before the Thanksgiving holiday. A major cooling trend looks very likely during that time, and we could see high temperatures in the valley only topping out in the mid to high 50's for the middle of next week.
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