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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.

Chico
Partly Cloudy
73° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 73°
Oroville
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 75°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
73° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 73°
Red Bluff
Partly Cloudy
80° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 79°
Red Bluff
Partly Cloudy
80° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 79°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
73° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 73°
Cooler temperatures, and the potential for showers and thunderstorms are ahead for your Tuesday. Slightly warmer, dry, and breezy on Wednesday. Another wet & cool system moves in this weekend.
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