Storm Tracker Forecast: Wet, cold & windy Tuesday-Wednesday

Wet, cold & windy weather will be the picture for Tuesday & Wednesday. We'll be dry by Friday and even sunny and warm for Saturday, but another round of rain is expected next week.

Posted: Nov 16, 2020 4:30 PM
Updated: Nov 16, 2020 4:31 PM

Today has been nice, partly cloudy and even a little warm for some. This all changes tomorrow with a cold and wet system on the way. Overnight tonight we'll see lows in some locations stay in the upper-40s to 50s due to increasing cloud cover acting as a blanket overnight.

Rain & snow will impact everyone by Tuesday which should enter the valley by 8am. Widespread showers are expected throught the day on Tuesday with scattered showers on Wednesday in the valley but still more numerous in the mountains. Thursday, only isolated showers are expected, mostly in the mountains. Rain totals will range from half an inch to 2 inches in the valley with 1 to 3 inches in the mountains & foothills. Snow levels remain high for most of the rain.

A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect Tuesday-Wednesday in the Sierra for elevations above 6,500 feet. 2-3 feet of snow will be possible on Mt Lassen and for elevations above 7,000 feet. Pass level could see 12-18 inches of snow. Whiteout conditions are expected at times due to heavy, wet snow and with chain controls likely at higher elevations. Travel is highly discouraged. Wind gusts of 50 mph are also possible, causing blowing snow.

Other areas could see mountain tops with up to a foot of snow, especially Mt Shasta. Snow levels will remain above 6,000 feet through Wednesday morning, which means most will only see a couple inches of snow when snow levels drop to 5,500 feet on Wednesday night.

A HIGH WIND WARNING is in effect for counties bordering Oregon and Nevada for tonight and Tuesday. Winds will be from the south and southwest from 30 to 50 mph and gust up to 80 mph in some locations. These are damaging winds and could down powerlines and trees as well as topple high-profile vehicles on the roadway.

In addition to rain, snow and wind, this system will keep valley highs in the mid-to-upper 50s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Isolated showers are possible on Thursday but many warm back into the low-60s in the valley with some sunshine later in the day.

Friday through Sunday will remain dry with highs in the low-60s. Saturday you can even expect sunny skies.

An atmospheric river might impact northern California next week on Monday and Tuesday, bringing more rain. This is still pretty far away though, so its just something to watch for now.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1145209

Reported Deaths: 18862
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3741347497
San Bernardino875421129
Riverside821751417
San Diego74361984
Orange719531556
Kern39437445
Fresno36688477
Sacramento34186550
Santa Clara31603467
Alameda27857499
San Joaquin24804504
Contra Costa22747258
Stanislaus20932420
Tulare19882304
Ventura18480175
Imperial15568355
San Francisco14662158
Monterey14265115
San Mateo13561170
Sonoma11608155
Merced11388179
Santa Barbara10944133
Kings1025987
Solano974581
Marin7596129
Placer614868
Madera593883
San Luis Obispo581135
Shasta447043
Yolo436374
Santa Cruz400328
Butte376559
Sutter294814
Napa281117
El Dorado20184
Yuba186610
San Benito176716
Lassen17153
Tehama152623
Mendocino144122
Nevada11319
Glenn8537
Lake84519
Tuolumne8068
Humboldt8019
Colusa6636
Siskiyou5652
Mono5073
Amador45716
Calaveras43421
Del Norte2961
Inyo28016
Plumas1810
Trinity1240
Mariposa1202
Modoc1180
Alpine420
Sierra190
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 62° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 50°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 62° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 53°
Paradise
Clear
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Hi: 55° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 50°
Chester
Overcast
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Hi: 47° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 25°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 62° Lo: 43°
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Willows
Clear
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Hi: 64° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 50°
A cold front has moved over northern California on this day before Thanksgiving, and it brought light rain and snow showers to the higher terrain, gusty wind and cooler air for all. Thanksgiving will still be breezy, but also mild and pleasant.
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