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Storm Tracker Forecast: Smoky air and heat the next few days, but what about rain?

Smoky air quality and heat will continue until about Monday or Tuesday. By mid-week we'll see a cooling trend then possible, and I stress possible, showers next weekend. Don't get your hopes up yet.

Posted: Oct 2, 2020 6:01 PM

Smoke continues to blanket the area resulting in unhealthy air quality for most in the valley. Only a few mountain areas in the Sierra and Cascades have lucked out of the bad air quality for today. Temperatures were also pretty hot again today in the north valley.

The smoky air is here to stay tomorrow as light winds will lead to lingering smoke. This will likely be the case to begin next week as well, unfortunately. We need strong winds if we want to get rid of the smoke and that just isn't going to happen any time soon in the valley.

It could happen in the Sierra-Cascades on Sunday. A FIRE WEATHER WATCH has been issued for the chance of wind gusts up to 20 mph in Modoc county. So far this is the only watch in our area to be issued. It is possible but not certain if this will be issued in parts of Lassen and Plumas counties as these counties could see similar wind speeds.

We'll maintain above average temperatures through Monday or Tuesday, though they won't be as hot as the last few days. Mostly just upper-to-mid 90s. This is due to a weaker ridge of high pressure remaining over us.

This ridge of high pressure eventually falls apart on Wednesday and Thursday allowing for a rush of cooler air to enter the region. This will leave high in the low-90s to mid-80s on Wednesday and Thursday and perhaps not even reach the 80s on Friday.

The big question remains on Saturday and Sunday of next week. Will we see rain? A trough of low pressure will move in on those 2 days. This could likely drop temperatures even further. But more importantly, the extra moisture could bring showers to the region. The timing and chance of rain is uncertain and not all models agree that the will be rain even happen. So keep your fingers crossed but also don't get your hopes up. Next week I should have a better idea on if this rain will really pan out or not.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 923648

Reported Deaths: 17559
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles3050707044
Riverside675521306
San Bernardino641311073
Orange594421468
San Diego55898885
Kern34114420
Fresno31195439
Sacramento25882499
Santa Clara24665404
Alameda23636463
San Joaquin21988492
Contra Costa18877243
Stanislaus17814400
Tulare17730291
Ventura14409166
Imperial13023338
San Francisco12277145
Monterey1153892
San Mateo11278159
Santa Barbara9886126
Sonoma9601136
Merced9588155
Kings848683
Solano758676
Marin7107127
Madera506676
Placer429059
San Luis Obispo424032
Yolo325060
Butte313453
Santa Cruz284825
Shasta199931
Napa199816
Sutter188912
San Benito144915
El Dorado13684
Yuba133810
Mendocino115421
Tehama9219
Lassen7711
Lake70216
Glenn6793
Nevada6328
Humboldt56910
Colusa5536
Calaveras34721
Amador33716
Tuolumne2855
Inyo24015
Siskiyou2140
Mono1822
Del Norte1801
Mariposa812
Plumas760
Modoc450
Trinity280
Sierra60
Alpine40
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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Paradise
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Chester
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Red Bluff
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Willows
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We're closing out the month of October on a beautiful note weather-wise over northern California with plenty of sunshine and above-average temperatures. Halloween will bring slightly warmer temperatures and more sunshine.
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