It was sunny, warmer, and breezy across northern California today. High temperatures topped out in the mid 70's in the valley, in the high 60's to low 70's in the foothills, and in the 50's to 60's in the mountains this afternoon. Winds were out of the north to around 18mph this afternoon. We'll continue to have sustained winds up to 15mph tonight with the potential for gusts up to around 25mph.
Skies will be sunny and winds will be lighter as we head into your Wednesday. Temperatures will be very similar to what we had this morning and afternoon. We'll be sunny with warmer temperatures on the way for your Thursday. Valley areas are projected to top out in the high 70's to low 80's and mountain areas will end up in the mid 60's to low 70's. We'll be staying dry, sunny, and warm on Friday but temperatures are not expected to be as warm as Thursday.
An area of low pressure is projected to drop down the West Coast from the Gulf of Alaska on Friday and that will bring major changes in your weekend forecast. Showers will be possible on Friday nigh tin the northern zones of our region and will then spread across the rest of the north state on Saturday. Snow levels will start out at around 6000' on Friday night, but will dip down to the 3500 to 4500' range on Saturday. We'll see snow levels down into the 2500' to 3500' range on Sunday and could see snow down to around 1000' on Monday. Up to 2 feet of snow will be possible in some areas. Showers will continue to be possible as we head into the start to middle of next week and we could even see a mix of rain and snow down into Redding on Monday. Valley areas are currently projected to get between a half an inch to an inch of rain from this system. Temperatures will end up in the mid 50's for both days in the valley this weekend, while mountain areas end up in the low to mid 40's. This does look like it will be a substantial system that could bring major mountain travel impacts to the north state. At the very least a Winter Weather Adivosry is expected to be issued, but we may have our First Winter Storm Warning of 2020 on the way for your weekend.