Storm Tracker Forecast: Windy & warmer Wednesday

Dry weather, warmer temperatures, and gusty north winds will drive elevated fire danger Wednesday. We'll be warm and pleasant, with lighter winds Thursday and Friday. A big drop in temperatures and wet weather are on the way for your weekend.

Posted: Apr 21, 2021 6:16 AM
Updated: Apr 21, 2021 6:33 AM

Grab those sunglasses, dress for warmer temperatures, and make sure to secure any loose items you have outdoors today. Skies will be sunny, temperatures are on the rise, and gusty north winds are on the way in your Wednesday forecast. The low pressure that brought the clouds, cooler temperatures and active weather to our region yesterday is now tracking down to our southeast early Wednesday morning. That is taking the threat of active weather with it, but is leaving gusty north winds in it's wake. High pressure building into northern California will be keeping us dry today, and will result in warmer temperatures than what we had on Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures are starting out in the 40's to 60's in the valley, 40's to 50's in the foothills, and 20's to 40's in our mountain zones this morning. Skies are clear early today, and will stay sunny through your Wednesday. Sustained winds out of the north are expected to top out in the 15 to 25mph range in the valley, with gusts up to around 30mph this afternoon. The gusty winds paried with humidity falling to below 20 percent will bring elevated fire danger concerns today. High temperatures are projected to end up in the mid 80's in the valley, and in the 60's to upper 70's in our foothill and mountain zones this afternoon.

Thursday will have similar temperatures and sky conditions, but winds are not expected to be as strong. It looks like Thursday will be a very pleasant day to get outside, and maybe even do a little yard work. We'll start to see more clouds moving into our region and temperatures becoming slightly cooler on Friday as low pressure tracks towards northern California from the Gulf of Alaska. This will end up putting valley high temperatures in the low 80's, and foothill and mountain high temperatures in the 60's to lower 70's on Friday afternoon.

The wet and cooler system will start to bring more influence to our region on Saturday, and we'll have a very good chance for north valley and mountain showers on Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will become much cooler on Saturday, and the cooling will continue into Sunday. Saturday high temperatures will end up in the 60's to low 70's in the valley, and Sunday valley areas will top out in the 50's to low 60's. Foothill and mountain zones will top out in the 50's to low 60's on Saturday, and then 40's to 50's on Sunday. Widespread rain, and mountain snow are also expected on Sunday. Snow levels will dip into the 3500' to 4500' range, and this will bring mountain travel impacts to the latter part of our weekend. Upwards of a half a foot of snow can be expected above 4500'. Looks like valley areas may see up to around an inch of rain from Saturday through early next week. Foothill and mountain areas could end up in with up to around 2 inches of rainfall from Saturday through Monday. Showers will linger into the early portion of the day on Monday, but are expected to fizzle out in the valley by Monday afternoon. Some limited rain showers could persist into Tuesday in our higher elevations. This is great news as it looks like a decent amount of moisture can be expected, but it will bring substantial travel impacts to our mountain areas late this weekend through eary next week.

Chico
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 79°
Oroville
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 79°
Paradise
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 79°
Chester
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 74°
Red Bluff
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 74°
Willows
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 79°
High clouds are streaming over northern California on this final day of the workweek, and light showers are trying to fall over the mountains. It is warmer today despite the clouds, and it's going to get much warmer soon.
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