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Storm Tracker Forecast: Extreme fire danger Sunday-Monday

Fire danger will be extreme Sunday-Monday as the biggest dry wind event of the season takes shape. A widespread freeze in the Sierra-Cascades as low as single-digit values possible Sunday night. Mild & sunny weather after Tuesday.

Posted: Oct 24, 2020 6:36 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2020 10:25 AM

Today temperatures are wonderful in the low-to-mids 70s for the afternoon and into the 50s overnight in the valley. Sunny skies and a light breeze today. But big changes are coming.

We are about to have VERY extreme fire danger, mostly Sunday into Monday. A RED FLAG WARNING has been issued starting Sunday at 11 a.m. and lasting until Tuesday at 5 p.m. This will be the driest and windiest event of the year. Hurricanes have sustained wind speeds greater than 74 mph. We won't see sustained winds that strong but in some mountain canyons and gaps, we could see winds gusting that strong. This is quite serious. Have a go-bag ready in case you need to evacuate quickly. Quick and significant fire spread will be possible if a wildfire is started in a strong wind-prone area, and even more dangerous in areas such as Jarbo Gap or along some ridgelines. Winds will be strongest as a low-pressure system to our east slides south in Utah and Nevada into Arizona. Widespread PG&E power shutoffs will also affect almost half a million customers. That means well over a million people will be impacted. I'm not trying to scare you. I just want you all to be prepared and safe! We have lost too many people to this year's wildfire season. No rain in the forecast yet, but hopefully we won't have to wait too much longer.

The strongest winds will be on Sunday gusting 30-40 mph in the valley from the north and 40-60 mph in the Sierra-Cascades and Coast Ranges. Some canyons and gaps in the Sierra foothills could gut more than 70 mph. Humidity could get as low as 5%! Monday will still be breezy with gusts 15-40 mph, but extremely dry conditions will continue, keeping fire danger critical.

Overnight lows in the valley Sunday night could get in the 40s and overnight lows in the Sierra-Cascades will be in the teens to single-digits. A very hard freeze. Protect plants and animals from the cold.

Highs stay in the 70s and 60s Sunday-Monday in the Valley and 50s to 40s in the mountains.

Tuesday we begin warming up. Upper-70s to low-80s Tuesday-Thursday in the valley.

We see a subtle cooldown on Friday through next weekend with highs back in the low-70s and maybe a few clouds Friday.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1215455

Reported Deaths: 19151
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3958437639
San Bernardino930191129
Riverside868541437
San Diego81084997
Orange778191577
Kern41328448
Fresno38288481
Sacramento36905576
Santa Clara34292476
Alameda29476512
San Joaquin25742502
Contra Costa23895261
Stanislaus21714424
Tulare20701308
Ventura19510175
Imperial16019356
San Francisco15450160
Monterey15328121
San Mateo14148170
Sonoma12198157
Merced11688179
Santa Barbara11481135
Kings1109387
Solano1025281
Marin7755129
Placer649768
San Luis Obispo612936
Madera611985
Shasta488247
Yolo482776
Santa Cruz442628
Butte389459
Sutter333216
Napa303317
El Dorado24154
Yuba203610
San Benito188016
Lassen17733
Tehama167825
Mendocino145823
Nevada12729
Tuolumne9818
Glenn9258
Lake92019
Humboldt8509
Colusa7116
Siskiyou6242
Amador56316
Mono5483
Calaveras47822
Del Norte3281
Inyo29016
Plumas2150
Trinity1580
Mariposa1312
Modoc1310
Alpine500
Sierra190
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 64° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 37°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 62° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 41°
Paradise
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 37°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 47° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 22°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 64° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 32°
Willows
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 37°
Above average temperatures and sunny skies will be in in the forecast for the next 7 days. Sadly, no rain.
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