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Storm Tracker Forecast: Very active weather returns this weekend

The break from the active weather won't last much longer. I'm tracking showers returning on Saturday. Heavier rain, thunderstorms, gusty winds and high elevation snow can all be expected this weekend.

Posted: May 15, 2020 6:02 PM

I hope everyone took advantage of the very pleasant and comfortable weather across Northern California today, because a very potent wet system is set to arrive this weekend. Skies were partly cloudy, temperatures were mild, and winds were modest for your Friday afternoon. Temperatures topped out in the mid 70's to low 80's in the valley, and in the 60's to low 70's in the foothills and mountains. Winds have been out of the North up to 10mph in most areas, but a few cities had winds up to around 15mph.

We'll be staying mild and dry through the start of your Saturday, but the potential for showers will spread from West to East as we head into your afternoon and evening. Showers are currently projected to arrive along the Coastal Range and Northern Mountains late in the morning, before moving into the Northern Valley late in the afternoon. Showers will become more widespread on Saturday night. Temperatures will start out in the 50's in the valley on Saturday morning and will end up in the mid to high 70's in the afternoon. Foothill areas will start out in the 50's and end up in the 60's to low 70's, while mountain areas start out in the 40's and end up in the 60's to low 70's on Saturday. Winds will be out of the South to around 20mph, with gusts up to around 40mph in the valley on Saturday and Sunday. Sierra locations can expect gusts up to 60mph out of the South late Saturday and Sunday. A Wind Advisory is currently set to go into effect from 11am through 8pm Sunday along the Eastern Slopes of the Sierra, but we could see more areas added to that Advisory as we move into the weekend.

Cooler temperatures, widespread showers, high elevation snow, the threat of thunderstorms and gusty winds will all be on the way for your Sunday. The best threat of thunderstorms will be in Tehama and Shasta Counties, and we could be seeing snow levels dipping to around 6000' by Sunday evening. A Winter Weather Advisory is set to go into effect on Sunday night through Monday night in portions of the Sierra above 6000'. Gusty winds and heavy snowfall could result in very low visibility and slippery roads. Avoid mountain travel during that time if you're able to. Showers are expected to be very heavy for this time of year, and we will have the potential for water ponding on roads. Thunderstorms could bring periods of heavy rain and hail to our region on Sunday afternoon and evening.

Monday is expected to be even more active than Sunday, but winds are not expected to be quite as strong. We'll continue to track moderate to heavy showers, and the threat of thunderstorms will become more widespread on Monday afternoon and evening. Impressive rain totals and accumulating hail will be possible in areas impacted by thunderstorms and that could result in dangerous driving conditions. We'll continue to have the potential for lighter showers on Tuesday, but temperatures will become warmer than Sunday and Monday. The chance for showers will linger on Wednesday, but will mostly be limited to mountain areas. Temperatures will be back in the mid 70's in the valley on Wednesday and will return to the low 80's on Thursday. We'll be mostly dry, with sunny skies and average temperatures for the latter half of next week.

The current storm total projection brings up to 3 inches of rain to the Northern end of the valley, foothills, and Sierra. Up to 2 inches of rain is expected in the mid valley.

California Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 790096

Reported Deaths: 15056
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2614466366
Riverside574191162
San Bernardino52649908
Orange522011128
San Diego44925760
Kern31509354
Fresno27769355
Sacramento21628383
Alameda20641374
Santa Clara20511297
San Joaquin19841415
Stanislaus16351337
Contra Costa15958201
Tulare15599256
Ventura12406143
Imperial11583314
San Francisco1080799
San Mateo9598143
Monterey955067
Santa Barbara8880110
Merced8750134
Kings743077
Sonoma7112114
Marin6591112
Solano617555
Madera439162
Placer348841
San Luis Obispo339327
Butte276435
Yolo275454
Santa Cruz22188
Sutter164210
Napa162613
San Benito131011
Yuba11187
El Dorado10734
Mendocino85118
Lassen7350
Shasta70914
Glenn5503
Nevada5116
Colusa5106
Tehama5094
Lake49210
Humboldt4856
Calaveras31114
Amador28616
Tuolumne2214
Inyo18714
Mono1652
Siskiyou1610
Del Norte1361
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc240
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
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Hi: 88° Lo: 59°
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Oroville
Clear
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Feels Like: 89°
Paradise
Few Clouds
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Hi: 81° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 84°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 75° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 78°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 87° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 85°
Willows
Few Clouds
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Hi: 92° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 84°
Air quality is looking a bit better this morning, and we'll be staying warm for your first afternoon of the fall season. We'll be a little cooler and have a chance for some showers on Thursday. Dry and hotter conditions return for your weekend.
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