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Storm Tracker Forecast: Staying cool with more scattered showers ahead

Cloudy skies, cooler temperatures, and the potential for light showers are ahead for your Thursday. We'll get even cooler on Friday, and limited scattered showers will persist into Friday night. We'll dry out and get a bit warmer through your weekend. Gusty north winds will bring elevated fire danger back to our forecast early next week.

Posted: Oct 7, 2021 5:55 AM

Get ready for cooler temperatures, cloudy skies, and the potential for light showers across northern California on Thursday. Low pressure to our northeast and along our coast will continue to drive our forecast today. Skies are cloudy to start your Thursday, and we'll only see modest clearing of the clouds this afternoon. The potential for showers looks fairly likely for the foothills, Sierra, and southern Cascades today. Valley areas will have a slight chance for light showers, with little more than sprinkles expected. Temperatures are starting out in the 40's to 50's in the valley and foothills, while mountain areas have dipped into the 30's to 40's ovenright. Winds are light and out of the east early today, but are expected to pick up out of the south again this afternoon. Sustained winds to 15mph out of the south look likely, and gusts up to around 25mph will be possible this afternoon and evening. Humidity is projected to dip into the 29 to 42 percent range this afternoon, which is positive news for our fire danger. Temperatures will top out in the upper 60's to mid 70's in the valley, and mid 50's to upper 60's in our foothill and mountain areas this afternoon. The potential for showers and higher humidity will help to keep our fire danger in the moderate range today. There will be a better chance for more widespread scattered showers returning to the Northern Mountains tonight, and then spreading across the rest of our region through early Friday.

Friday is expected to end up slightly cooler than Thursday, and we'll have the potential for more light scattered showers across northern California through Friday night. We'll have cloudy skies and south winds through the day on Friday. High pressure will then build back into northern California this weekend, and that will bring sunny skies and a very modest warming trend to our weekend forecast. Overnight low temperatures will be chilly, but daytime high temperatures will climb by a few degrees each day from Saturday to Sunday. Valley areas are projected to start out in the mid to upper 40's, and end up in the mid 70's on Saturday. Foothill areas will start out in the 40's to lower 50's, and end up in the 50's to upper 60's on Saturday. Mountain areas will start out in the 20's to 30's, and end up in the 60's Saturday afternoon. Our low temperatures will be similar on Sunday, but high temperatures will climb by a few degrees under sunny skies. The current projection has valley areas topping out in the 70's to low 80's, while foothill and mountain areas mostly top out in the 60's to around 70 degrees.

Low pressure will track across the Pacific Northwest and then drop south just off to our east from Sunday into Monday. The current models are showing this as a type of inside slider event, which usually brings gusty north winds and lower humidity values with it. This will result in elevated fire danger early next week. Temperatures will end up much cooler on Monday afternoon, with valley areas currently projected to dip back into the mid to upper 60's. Foorthill and mountain areas will have high temperatures in the 50's early next week. There will be a chance for light showers in the Sierra from Monday aftenroon through Wednesday as the low stays just off to our east. Winds will start to diminish towards the middle of next week as a weak area of high pressure builds back into our region. This will result in dry weather and slightly warmer temperatures on tap for the middle of next week.

Chico
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Hi: 73° Lo: 42°
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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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Gusty northeast winds and the potential for morning fog are ahead for the start of your Wednesday. We'll end up sunny and very warm Wednesday afternoon. Dry and warm weather will persist into this weekend, but we finally have a cooling trend and the potential for wet weather returning in your extended forecast.
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