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Storm Tracker Forecast: Very Wet & Windy Weather Ahead

Patchy fog and scattered showers can be expected through your Thursday. Heavy rain, high elevation snow, and gusty winds will be on tap for your Friday and Weekend.

Posted: Dec 4, 2019 6:05 PM

Wet weather returned to Northern California today as the low pressure area to our South ended up driving a decent amount of moisture into our region this morning. Earlier projections kept the chance of showers from moving North of Sacramento until this evening but the low pressure started to track East across Central California earlier than models had anticipated. Scattered showers will linger over Northern California overnight, but amounts will be light. Snow levels are mostly above 6000' through tomorrow.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies and scattered showers are on the way for your Thursday forecast. Less than a 10th of an inch of rain is expected on Thursday and it will be a nice lull before a moderate atmospheric river event arrives on Friday. Temperatures will end up in the high 30's to mid 40's inthe valley on Thursday morning, and in the mid 20's to low 30's in the mountains. High temperatures are projected to top out in the mid to high 50's for the valley on Thursday, while mountain areas end up in the 40's to low 50's. Winds will be out of the South up to around 10mph. All around, it looks like it will be a decent day to get some errands done before the heavy rain and stronger winds settle in on Friday.

Very wet and windy weather is projected to return to Northern California on Friday and that will last into Sunday morning. A Winter Storm Watch is set to take effect at 4pm Friday afternoon and will stay in place through 1pm on Sunday for portions of the Sierra above 5500'. This Winter Storm Watch could very well be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning as we get closer to Friday. Snow levels will range from around 5000' to 6500' with this incoming storm and several feet of snow will be possible along the higher peaks. Heavy rain will be likely in lower elevations. Up to around 2 and a half inches of rain will be possible in the valley, and mountain areas will see between 2 to 4 and a half inches of rain from Friday morning through Sunday morning. Winds will become stronger, and gusts upwards of 40mph out of the South can be expected on Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will end up in the mid 50's in the valley from Friday through your weekend. Mountain areas will mostly end up in the low to mid 40's this weekend, but higher elevations will stay in the 30's. Dry weather and average temperatures are currently projected to return as we head into next week.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 906596

Reported Deaths: 17358
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2997606993
Riverside659021279
San Bernardino626191072
Orange585731447
San Diego54583870
Kern33813416
Fresno30752436
Sacramento25372484
Santa Clara24144388
Alameda23312461
San Joaquin21630489
Contra Costa18621241
Stanislaus17629396
Tulare17495286
Ventura14240164
Imperial12700336
San Francisco12103140
Monterey1137291
San Mateo11075159
Santa Barbara9781120
Merced9465155
Sonoma9312136
Kings822883
Solano728674
Marin7074128
Madera498174
San Luis Obispo414132
Placer409357
Yolo319159
Butte307852
Santa Cruz278825
Napa195715
Shasta187830
Sutter183712
San Benito143715
El Dorado13174
Yuba129310
Mendocino112721
Tehama8728
Lassen7661
Lake69615
Glenn6573
Nevada6088
Humboldt5629
Colusa5506
Calaveras34218
Amador32816
Tuolumne2694
Inyo22715
Siskiyou1930
Mono1802
Del Norte1781
Mariposa782
Plumas680
Modoc290
Trinity250
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 74° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 55°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 76° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 67°
Paradise
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 55°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 54° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 29°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 76° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 62°
Willows
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 55°
Fire danger remains high over much of California on this Monday, and that will continue through Tuesday afternoon. Thankfully, most of the strongest wind has passed, and the wind will weaken through midweek.
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