Cooler temperatures and gusty winds have continued across northern California through your Monday afternoon. Skies have been sunny, but temperatures still ended up a few degrees below average today. Gusty winds have been the biggest impact to our region this afternoon. Sustained winds have been up to around 25mph in the valley, and gusts upwards of 30mph have been reported in Red Bluff. Temperatures have topped out in the mid 50's in the vlaley and in the 30's to 40's in the mountains. The driving factors in your forecast are the exit of the low pressure area that brought the big drop in temperatures and mostly mountain showers to our region on Sunday and the high pressure ridge moving into the West Coast from the Pacific. Gusty North winds will persist on the back side of the area of low pressure, but those winds are expected to subside through the day on Tuesday. Skies will stay clear tonight and temperatures will be brisk for the start of your Tuesday morning. Valley areas will dip into the low to mid 30's, and mountain areas will end up in the single digits to 20's. HIgh temperatures are expected to end up a couple of degrees warmer for your Tuesday, but will still be slightly below average for this time of year.
Dry weather, mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies, and warmer temperatures are on the way for your Wednesday. Valley areas will start out in the 30's to low 40's, and mountain areas will mostly start out in the teens to 20's. High temperatures will end up in the low to mid 60's in the valley and in the 40's in most mountain areas. We'll have mostly sunny skies and a warming trend on the way for the remainder of your work week. Overnight low temperatures will be close to what we have on Wednesday morning, but the afternoons will be warmer. Valley areas can expect highs in the mid 60's to low 70's on Thursday and Friday. Mountain areas will end up in the 40's to 50's during that time.
A modest drop in temperatures is expected on Saturday, but the north state will continue to have above average high temperatures. We'll end up in the low to mid 60's in the valley and in the 40's to 50's in the mountains on Saturday afternoon. Low pressure tracking through to our North will bring cloudy skies and the potential for mostly mountain showers back to our region from Saturday night through Sunday. Temperatures will be slightly cooler than Saturday on Sunday, but are still expected to top out in the low 60's in the valley. Gusty North winds are expected to return on Sunday and could persist into Monday. We'll be dry and mild for the start of next week. An extended dry period is not what we wanted from your first full week of February, but unfortunately that's what it looks like we'll have for the next 7 to 10 days in most areas.