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Storm Tracker Forecast: Winter Storm Warning arrives Friday

Heavy rain, high elevation snow, and gusty South winds will bring major impacts in your Friday and weekend forecast.

Posted: Dec 5, 2019 6:11 PM
Updated: Dec 5, 2019 6:37 PM

Partly to mostly cloudy skies and scattered showers continued across Northern California today. Less than a 10th of an inch of rain fell and it was a nice lull before a moderate atmospheric river event arrives on Friday. Temperatures will end up in the low mid 40's in the valley on Friday morning, and in the mid 20's to low 30's in the mountains. High temperatures are projected to top out in the mid to high 50's for the valley on Friday, while mountain areas end up in the 40's to low 50's. Very wet and windy weather is projected to return to Northern California on Friday afternoon and that will last into Sunday morning. A Winter Storm Warning is set to take effect at 4pm Friday afternoon and will stay in place through 1pm on Sunday for portions of the Sierra above 5500'. Snow levels will range from around 5000' to 6500' with this incoming storm and several feet of snow will be possible along the higher peaks. Heavy rain will be likely in lower elevations and we will have a decent chance for thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday. Up to around 2 and a half inches of rain will be possible in the valley, and mountain areas will see between 2 to 4 and a half inches of rain from Friday morning through Sunday morning. Winds will become stronger, and gusts upwards of 40mph out of the South can be expected on Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will end up in the mid 50's in the valley from Friday through your weekend. Mountain areas will mostly end up in the low to mid 40's this weekend, but higher elevations will stay in the 30's.

Dry weather and average temperatures are currently projected to return as we head into next week. The next chance for showers will be returning next Wednesday into Thursday, but models are not showing much confidence on that wet pattern right now.

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Confirmed Cases: 807451

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2669886504
Riverside581781189
San Bernardino54386925
Orange530691214
San Diego46331775
Kern31865367
Fresno28199382
Sacramento22183406
Alameda21136406
Santa Clara21030311
San Joaquin20194441
Contra Costa16469205
Stanislaus16452351
Tulare15970263
Ventura12664150
Imperial11835317
San Francisco11076101
San Mateo9843150
Monterey980771
Santa Barbara9037113
Merced8872142
Kings763177
Sonoma7369122
Marin6694117
Solano630963
Madera448165
Placer356745
San Luis Obispo354429
Butte281944
Yolo279555
Santa Cruz23309
Sutter170511
Napa166913
San Benito134011
Yuba11537
El Dorado11094
Mendocino90818
Shasta80617
Lassen7400
Glenn5783
Tehama5465
Lake53911
Nevada5337
Colusa5296
Humboldt5017
Calaveras31714
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18715
Mono1652
Siskiyou1650
Del Norte1391
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc270
Trinity160
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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Paradise
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Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
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Chester
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Willows
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