Be prepared for scattered showers to start your Wednesday and more elevated fire danger ahead in your forecast this week. Low pressure tracking through the Pacific Northwest is bringing scattered rain and snow showers to northern California early today, and will keep our temperatures cool this afternoon. Gusty north winds will develop as the trough to our north tracks east tonight through Thursday. Cloudy skies and scattered showers are in store for the early portion of your Wednesday, but mostly sunny skies and mostly dry conditions are projected for this afternoon. A Freeze Warning is set to stay in effect through 11am this morning in Lassen and Plumas Counties. Temperatures are starting out in the 40's to low 50's in the valley and foothills, while mountain areas have dipped into the 30's to 40's overnight. Winds are mostly light to start the day and will only pick up to around 10mph out of the north this afternoon. Humidity is expected to stay a bit higher today, and is projected to end up in the 16 to 27 percent range this afternoon. High temperatures will end up in the upper 60's to lower 70's in the valley this afternoon, while foothill areas top out in the mid 50's to mid 60's, and mountain areas end up in the upper 40's to mid 60's later today. North winds will start to pick up this evening, and will then get quite a bit stronger on Thursday.
Temperatures will be similar for the start of your Thursday, but are expected to get a bit warmer for the afternoon. We'll have mostly sunny skies and gusty north winds ahead in your Thursday forecast as well. The stronger winds and dry conditions have prompted another Red Flag Warning for high fire danger in the valley from 10am through 8pm Wednesday. North winds to 20mph will be likely, and gusts in the 30 to 40mph range will be possible on Thursday in the valley. Humidity will also be low and our fuels are very dry. Temperatures will top out in the mid to upper 70's in the valley on Thursday afternoon, while foothill areas end up in the 60's to lower 70's, and most mountain areas end up in the 60's. High pressure will then build into northern California late this week. Friday will be sunny and dry with lighter winds and slightly warmer temperatures. Valley areas are projected to top out in the upper 70's to lower 80's on Friday, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the 60's to loer 70's.
Sunny to mostly sunny skies, and slightly warmer temperatures are on the way for your Saturday. Valley areas will dip into the 40's early Saturday, but will then top out in the low to mid 80's Saturday afternoon. Foothill aresa will start out in the 40's to 50's and end up in the 60's to mid 70's on Saturday. Mountain areas will start out in the 20's to 30's and top out in the 60's to mid 70's on Saturday afternoon. The next wet system will move into the Pacific Northwest on Sunday, and will bring the potential for light showers back into our forecast. Most showers are expected to stay in our mountain zones, but we can't rule out some very modest showers in the valley. Temperatures will also end up a bit cooler on Sunday afternoon. Valley areas will top out in the mid to upper 70's, foothill areas will mostly end up in the 60's, and mountaina areas will mostly end up in the 60's on Sunday afternoon. We'll dry out Monday into Tuesday as temperatures continue to cool. Models are showing another wet system moving into our region Tuesday into Wednesday of next week. This is still a bit far out to have high confidence in wet weather returning, but at the moment the potential for showers does look promising.