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Storm Tracker Forecast: Severe weather has returned for your weekend

Heavy rain and snow, a decent chance for thunderstorms and gusty winds are ahead for your Friday and weekend. A Winter Storm Warning, Flash Flood Watch, and a Wind Advisory are all going into effect today.

Posted: Dec 6, 2019 6:25 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2019 5:17 AM

Severe weather has returned to Northern California this afternoon. A Winter Storm Warning went into effect for portions of the Sierra above 5500' at 4pm and is set to stay in effect through 1pm Sunday. Heavy snowfall is expected from tonight through early Sunday down to 5500', and that could result in major travel impacts. We also have a Flash Flood Watch going into effect at 7pm tonight and lasting through 6pm Saturday for the Camp, Carr, Delta, Hirz, and Mendocino Complex fire burn scars in Butte, Shasta, and Lake Counties. Rain in excess of a half an inch per hour will be possible during that time, and debris flows will be possible. The potential for thunderstorms will also bring an added threat of heavy rainfall and hail on Saturday and Sunday. A Wind Advisory has also been issued for The Northern Sacramento Valley from 10pm tonight through 1pm Saturday. Sustained winds will be up to around 30mph during that time, and we could see gusts up to 50mph. Strong winds could restult in downed trees and power outages. The winds could also bring additional travel impacts over the next 24 hours.

Heavy rain has already moved into the Coastal Range and will be tracking through the valley and Sierra this evening. Rain will be very heavy at times, and snow will be heavy in elevation above 5500'. This is a warmer storm system, so snow levels are expected to stay high. We'll see them down to around 6000' tonight, and then they will drop to around 5500' on Saturday. Some breaks in the rain will be possible in the valley overnight and early tomorrow, but it will intensify again tomorrow afternoon. Thunderstorms will be possible in the valley on Saturday and Sunday. Severe thunderstorms could produce small hail and we'll even have a slight chance for a weak tornado. The heavier rain is expected to become lighter as we head into your Sunday. Showers will be scattered, but the potential for isolated heavy rain could accompany any thunderstorms that do pop up. High temperatures are not expected to change much through your weekend, but low temperatures will stay a little bit warmer overnight.

Showers will mostly taper off by Sunday evening, and we'll be dry for the start of next week. Temperatures will become slightly warmer and skies will become mostly sunny on Monday. We'll have partly cloudy skies and mostly mild conditions on the way for the middle of next week. There will be a slight chance for some showers on the way toward the end of next week, but confidence is currently low on that potential.

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Confirmed Cases: 559746

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2085634977
Riverside40452799
Orange39641726
San Bernardino35712546
San Diego32330593
Kern23583171
Fresno17290171
Alameda13213208
San Joaquin12303211
Santa Clara11687204
Sacramento10795161
Tulare10475196
Imperial9693244
Stanislaus9665162
Contra Costa9182139
Ventura814689
San Francisco754867
Santa Barbara670469
San Mateo6110120
Marin532779
Monterey529335
Merced501264
Kings445356
Solano402940
Sonoma355647
Madera230239
Placer218620
San Luis Obispo209315
Yolo172143
Santa Cruz12386
Butte10958
Napa104610
Sutter9427
El Dorado7291
San Benito7154
Lassen6380
Yuba6004
Mendocino43110
Shasta41810
Colusa3624
Glenn3603
Nevada3221
Humboldt2824
Tehama2761
Lake2202
Amador1642
Mono1541
Tuolumne1522
Calaveras1471
Del Norte990
Siskiyou930
Inyo893
Mariposa612
Plumas340
Modoc50
Trinity50
Sierra30
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Scattered Clouds
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Hi: 101° Lo: 67°
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Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 101° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 99°
Paradise
Scattered Clouds
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Hi: 94° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 99°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 88° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 91°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 107° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 105°
Willows
Scattered Clouds
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Hi: 106° Lo: 64°
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Very hot temperatures and the potential for mountain thunderstorms are ahead for your Monday. Temperatures won't be as hot for the middle of this week, but fire danger will be elevated. The heat returns this weekend.
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