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Storm Tracker Forecast: Staying wet through Saturday

Rain has returned for your Wednesday evening, and showers will linger through Saturday. Lower snow levels will bring travel impacts back to our region this weekend.

Posted: Dec 11, 2019 6:12 PM

Modest showers to light rain continued across Northern California today and the wet weather is expected to pick up as another system will begin to impact our region tonight. Most of the valley will see up to a half an inch of rainfall from tonight through Thursday, but the far northern portions of the valley and higher elevations could see between a half an inch to an inch of rain during that time. Snow levels are down to around 5500' in Shasta County, but are currently upwards of 7000' in areas above Lake Oroville. Snow levels will rise into the 6000' to 8000' level tonight through Thursday. Light showers with pockets of modest rain are expected for your Thursday forecast, and showers will persist through Friday. Temperatures will stay on the warmer side tonight, and are only expected to dip into the mid 40's to low 50's in the valley. Mountain areas will mostly dip into the mid 30's tonight. High temperatures will top out in the mid to high 50's on Thursday afternoon in the valley and mountain areas will mostly end up in the mid to high 40's.

Up to an additional half an inch or rain can be expected in the valley from Friday through Saturday.The Northern Mountains will see the heaviest rain and snow from Friday through Saturday, with up to an inch of precipitation expected. Temperatures aren't expected to change much on Friday, but will drop by around 4 to 5 degrees on Saturday. Snow levels will dip back to around 5000' to 6000' on Friday and will then drop even further into the 3500' to 4500' range on Saturday. Showers will become lighter and more scattered as we head into Saturday, but some mountain travel impacts can still be expected as we head into your weekend. Some light snow can be expected on I-5 to the North of Redding, and areas of Lassen National Park could see up to a half a foot of snow from Friday through Saturday night. Sierra travel impacts will be likely from Friday night through Saturday evening.

Dry weather and clearing skies will return to Northern California on Sunday. Temperatures will be chilly in the morning, and a bit cooler in the afternoon. Valley areas will dip into the low to mid 30's on Sunday morning, and mountain areas can expect low temperatures in the 20's. Some morning fog will be possible on Sunday and Monday. The next chance for wet weather will return on Tuesday of next week, but confidence between model runs is currently fairly low on that. We'll get a much better idea on what to expect for the middle of next week as we head through this weekend.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 114733

Reported Deaths: 4217
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles560112386
Riverside7982331
San Diego7481269
Orange6474147
San Bernardino5355204
Alameda347096
Santa Clara2776141
San Francisco257043
Kern232238
San Mateo216584
Tulare189789
Imperial175129
Fresno174335
Santa Barbara164912
Contra Costa146838
Sacramento142958
Ventura115234
Kings11225
San Joaquin90834
Stanislaus74429
Sonoma5644
Monterey54510
Solano51722
Marin48314
Merced2837
San Luis Obispo2711
Santa Cruz2172
Placer2179
Yolo21124
Napa1133
Madera1062
Humboldt1013
El Dorado960
San Benito872
Butte510
Del Norte460
Sutter462
Nevada411
Shasta394
Mono371
Yuba301
Mendocino300
Lake210
Inyo201
Mariposa161
Glenn160
Calaveras150
Amador100
Siskiyou70
Colusa70
Lassen50
Plumas40
Tuolumne40
Tehama41
Alpine20
Sierra10
Trinity10
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
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Oroville
Clear
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Paradise
Few Clouds
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Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
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Chester
Clear
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Feels Like: 83°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Willows
Few Clouds
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Hi: 99° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 95°
The Heat Advisory will stay in place through Thursday evening. Cooler temperatures and the potential for active weather is on the way as we head into your weekend.
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