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Storm Tracker Forecast: Red Flag Warning lingers

Gusty winds will keep fire danger high through early Thursday but very welcome changes are on the way in your extended forecast.

Posted: Nov 20, 2019 6:14 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2019 6:29 PM

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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Confirmed Cases: 541339

Reported Deaths: 10021
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2012004869
Riverside39741770
Orange38711697
San Bernardino34635490
San Diego31127583
Kern21724152
Fresno16625157
Alameda12884206
San Joaquin12119192
Santa Clara11336196
Sacramento10544155
Tulare10334196
Imperial9601240
Stanislaus9408151
Contra Costa8532134
Ventura795379
San Francisco722863
Santa Barbara665268
San Mateo5891120
Marin519978
Monterey512035
Merced485562
Kings445356
Solano395939
Sonoma320842
Madera220836
San Luis Obispo204716
Placer203920
Yolo166042
Santa Cruz12134
Butte10608
Napa10259
Sutter8936
El Dorado7161
San Benito6994
Lassen6330
Yuba5724
Shasta4119
Mendocino36310
Colusa3614
Glenn3523
Nevada3211
Humboldt2804
Tehama2711
Lake2122
Amador1560
Mono1531
Tuolumne1472
Calaveras1361
Del Norte900
Siskiyou900
Inyo841
Mariposa602
Plumas340
Trinity50
Modoc40
Sierra30
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
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Hi: 95° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 88°
Oroville
Clear
87° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 87°
Paradise
Few Clouds
88° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 88°
Chester
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 80°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 100° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 98°
Willows
Few Clouds
88° wxIcon
Hi: 98° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 88°
Slightly warmer but mostly below average temperatures, and the potential for mountain thunderstorms are on the way in your Friday forecast. Get ready for much hotter temperatures on the way for your weekend.
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