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Storm Tracker Forecast: Warm & windy today, but wet on Christmas

We'll be warm and windy across northern California today. Cloudy skies and cooler temperatures are ahead for Thursday. Then a winter storm will bring rain, snow, and much cooler temperatures into your Christmas Day Forecast on Friday!

Posted: Dec 23, 2020 6:49 AM

Get ready for warm and windy weather across northern California today. Low pressure off to our east and high pressure to our west in the Pacific are interacting to drive breezy north winds and dry weather across our region. Sustained winds to around 20mph out of the north look likely early today, and gusts up to around 35mph are possible. This could blow around unsecured holiday decorations, and you may want to bring them inside until tonight. Skies are clear and we have mixed bag of temperatures this morning due to the wind. Valley and foothill areas are starting out in the 30's to 40's, and mountain areas are in the teens to 20's this morning. We'll continue to have sunny skies through the day. High temperatures will end up in the upper 50's to mid 60's in the valley this afternoon, foothill areas will range from the upper 40's to around 60 degrees today, and mountain areas will end up anywhere between the upper 30's to upper 50's this afternoon. The Sierra will mostly end up in the 40's, while the Northern Mountains top out in the 40's to 50's. Clouds will start to increase late tonight.

Clouds will help to result in a somewhat mild start to your temperatures on Thursday morning, but will also leave our region several degrees cooler for your Thursday afternoon. We'll continue to stay dry on Thursday. A substantial wet system moving in from the Pacific is projected to bring rain and snow into your forecast on Christmas Day! A Winter Storm Watch has already been issued for all of our higher elevations from 10am Friday through 10am Saturday. Snow levels will be down to as low as 3500', and we could be seeing up to around a foot of snow down to 4500' from Friday through mid day Saturday. Up to 3 feet of snow will be possible along higher peaks. Rain totals projections have been fluctuating but put most of the valley in the quarter inch to three quarter inch range from Friday through Saturday. Some areas like Redding may see up to an inch or more of rain during that time. This is great news for our water supply, but will bring major travel issues to our region. We'll also have a major drop in high temperatures on Friday, and we'll be staying cool through your weekend. Valley areas can expect high temperatures in the upper 40's to lower 50's on Friday afternoon, and then mostly low to mid 50's this weekend. Low temperatures will dip into the 30's to low 40's in the valley through this weekend's forecast. Foothill areas will have similar temperatures to the valley from Friday through this weekend. Mountain aresa can expect high temperatures in the 40's and low tempeatures in the teens to 20's through this weekend. The showers are expected to mostly taper off by Saturday night, but another round of wet weather is projected to track through our region Sunday evening through early Monday. Another wave of showers is then expected from Tuesday into Wednesday! Please make sure you're being extremely cautious on the roads with the active weather ahead, and avoid mountain travel if you're able to from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon.

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CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118754221106
Riverside2891853749
San Bernardino2853342673
Orange2603483889
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1098411765
Kern102627811
Fresno947941412
Sacramento929441464
Alameda800881224
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San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55775944
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38763515
San Francisco34061398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano29968164
Merced28915395
Sonoma27954298
Imperial26843589
Kings21951218
Placer19713231
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15390209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12760185
Shasta10944174
Butte10915160
El Dorado9095100
Napa897668
Sutter884597
San Benito574359
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada393274
Mendocino379643
Amador344441
Humboldt316033
Lake313440
Glenn221023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3947
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 35°
Oroville
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 38°
Chico
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 35°
Red Bluff
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 35°
Red Bluff
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 39°
Chico
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 35°
After plenty of morning clouds, we had plentiful sunshine this afternoon with weaker wind and warmer highs. The clear sky and light wind will lead to a chillier start Friday morning, and we'll have a breezy and mild Friday before more changes arrive.
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