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Storm Tracker Forecast: Showers tapering off today

Heavy rain and snow has moved through northern California overnight, and we'll see lighter showers this morning. We'll dry out by tonight, and stay dry through your weekend. Cooler low temperatures, warmer high temperatures and morning fog are ahead.

Posted: Dec 17, 2020 6:13 AM

Heavy rain and snow has moved through overnight, and we'll be dealing with lighter showers early today. Roads will be slick from the rain and snow, so make sure you're being cautious while drivig today. Most valley areas saw between .4 to .9 inches of rain from this system, while some foothill and mountain areas got up to around an inch of rainfall. The Winter Weather Advisory is still in effect right now, and will continue through 7am in Modoc and Siskiyou Counties, and through 10am in areas of the Sierra above 5000'. Most of the showers will wrap up in the valley by noon, with some lingering showers in the Sierra later in the day. All areas are projected to dry out by tonight. Temperatures are starting out in the 40's for most valley areas, in the 30's to 40's in the foothills, and in the 30's in the mountains early today. Winds are out of the south to 10mph in most areas, but some cities are seeing winds up to 20mph early this morning. Winds will shift to become out of the northwest from 10 to 20mph later on this afternoon. High temperatures are projected to top out in the mid to high 50's in the valley, in the low 40's to low 50's in the foothills, and in the upper 30's to upper 40's in most mountain areas today. Skies will become mostly sunny in the valley this afternoon, and partly cloudy in foothill and mountain areas.

We'll be staying dry across most of northern California from Friday through your weekend, but will be dealing with fog over the next several mornings. This will make it tough to see on your morning commute, so you may want to plan ahead on getting an earlier start to your drive on your way out the door. Temperatures will get much cooler overnight, and warmer for the next several afternoons as we head through your weekend. Low temperatures in the valley will mostly dip into the mid 30's, while foothilll areas end up in the 30's to lower 40's, and mountain areas dip into the teens to 20's overnight. High temperatures will end up in the mid 50's to lower 60's from Friday through the start of next week, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the upper 40's to mid 50's. Periods of breezy north winds are expected during this time and we'll be staying mostly dry. There will be a chance for showers in our far northern zones Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, but the best potential for showers is expected to stay in the Northern Mountains at this time. Dry weather is then expected to persist through Christmas Day.

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CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118754221106
Riverside2891853749
San Bernardino2853342673
Orange2603483889
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1098411765
Kern102627811
Fresno947941412
Sacramento929441464
Alameda800881224
Ventura77238834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55775944
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38763515
San Francisco34061398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano29968164
Merced28915395
Sonoma27954298
Imperial26843589
Kings21951218
Placer19713231
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15390209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12760185
Shasta10944174
Butte10915160
El Dorado9095100
Napa897668
Sutter884597
San Benito574359
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada393274
Mendocino379643
Amador344441
Humboldt316033
Lake313440
Glenn221023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3947
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 64° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 39°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 63° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 37°
Chico
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 39°
Red Bluff
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 35°
Red Bluff
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 35°
Chico
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 39°
After plenty of morning clouds, we had plentiful sunshine this afternoon with weaker wind and warmer highs. The clear sky and light wind will lead to a chillier start Friday morning, and we'll have a breezy and mild Friday before more changes arrive.
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