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Storm Tracker Forecast: Wet & snowy Christmas weather

The weather outside will be frightful for Christmas Day with cool rainy weather in the valley and a cold snowy Christmas in the mountains! Strong winds will be possible as well.

Posted: Dec 25, 2020 6:14 AM

Merry Christmas! Many will have mixed feelings about today. It will be a very active weather day so it will ruin many outdoor plans and will make travel hazardous, particulary in the mountains. On the other hand, we need more rain & snow. So look at this as a gift from Santa.

The storm system is a low pressure system dropping in from the Gulf of Alaska. Rain & snow totals will also be enhanced by an atmospheric river with this system.

Half an inch to an inch of rain will be possible Friday-Saturday in the valley with 1-2 feet of snow in many mountain locations. Snow levels start low for most, then rise.

I recommend steering away from mountain travel, but if you have no other choice, please bring plenty of supplies and carry chains with you. You will likely need to use them.
A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect in the montains from Christmas Day to Saturday.
On the bright side, most in the mountains should see a white Christmas.

High will be in the low-50s to upper-40s in the valley Christmas Day with breezy winds, making it feel even colder.

A low pressure system will land in central California, but also do so while coming in from the northwest. This will allow showers & snow to move in as it brushes our area on Sunday.

A few showers will be leftover from this system on Monday morning, with more showers south and more sunshine north.

Tuesday we should only see isolated showers with highs still in the 50s.

Wednesday through Thursday an atmospheric river impacts our region. The main part of the rain & snow will be focused on Oregon but our area should still see scattered to numerous showers & snow Wednesday-Thursday.

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CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles104602114641
San Bernardino2587421561
Riverside2558082739
San Diego2197312222
Orange2178492546
Santa Clara959361158
Kern87240572
Fresno83591968
Sacramento816871128
Alameda69107842
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Contra Costa53349460
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Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo33207309
San Francisco29665274
Solano26191108
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25380486
Merced24570316
Sonoma24262242
Kings19588148
Placer17584186
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13585151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10852138
Shasta9750123
Butte9582128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa773145
Lassen519916
San Benito504246
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323874
Mendocino319232
Amador303631
Lake264631
Humboldt245825
Glenn195520
Colusa17969
Calaveras163723
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
Sierra820
Alpine730
Unassigned00
Chico
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Hi: 51° Lo: 46°
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Oroville
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Hi: 50° Lo: 44°
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Chico
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Hi: 44° Lo: 37°
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Red Bluff
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Feels Like: 50°
Red Bluff
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Chico
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Hi: 55° Lo: 39°
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Light rain and snow is expected in your Friday forecast. We'll be mostly dry and warmer on Saturday. A more substantial system with lower snow levels is in your forecast for Sunday into early Monday. Long range models are showing very wet weather for the middle of next week.
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