Sunny skies, warmer temperatures, and stronger north winds are on the way for your Tuesday across northern California. The stronger north winds have kept temeratures several degrees warmer in most valley areas overnight, but wind sheltered areas of Butte County may get close to yesterday's low temperatures. Temperatures are expected to start out close to yesterday's lows in the foothills and mountains. Valley areas are ranging from the upper 30's to lower 50's early today, while foothill areas have dipped into the 30's to 40's, and mountain areas are starting out in the teens to 30's. Winds are out of the north to around 10mph in the valley, and could pick up to around 20mph today. Gusts in the 20 to 30mph range will be possible in lower elevations. The Sierra and foothills will have sustained winds up to around 15mph out of the northeast, with gusts up to around 30mph through the day. Locally stronger gusts are being observed this morning in favorable canyons. High temperatures are projected to end up even warmer than what we had yesterday. Valley areas will mostly end up in the mid 60's to around 70 degrees this afternoon, foothill areas will end up in the mid 50's to mid 60's, and mountain areas will range from the mid 40's to lower 60's later today. The warmest portions of the mountains will be in the Northern Mountains this afternoon, while Sierra locations end up in the mid 40's to mid 50's.
Winds will begin to diminish later on tonight, but will still be breezy this evening. Lighter north winds are expected on Wednesday, and that will result in a modest dip in low temperatures compared to Tuesday morning. High temperatures are projected to end up in the same range for the valley and foothills, but some mountain areas may end up slightly warmer for your Wednesday afternoon. The trend of clear skies, chilly morning low temperatures, and above average daytime high temperatures will then continue for the rest of this week and weekend. High pressure centered over the southwest will be the dominant feature on our forecast this week, but low pressure tracking through to our north will bring intermitent cloud cover to our region on Thursday and Saturday. There will also be a slight chance for coastal showers and showers just along the Oregon border from Saturday night through Sunday. Expect low temperatures to dip into the mid 30's in the valley this weekend and high temperatures in the mid to high 60's with dry conditions. Foothill areas will mostly dip into the low to mid 40's overnight and top out in the mid 50's to lower 60's this weekend, and mountain areas will dip into the teens to lower 30's and end up in the 40's to 50's through this weekend. The Northern Mountains will be slightly warmer than the Sierra, and could see high temperatures in the 50's to lower 60's through this weekend. Fire danger may become more of a concern through your extended forecast as the dry and warm pattern holds through your upcoming weekend. Models are hinting at a dry first half of December, but are also hinting at the potential for wet weather returning for the latter half of the month.