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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: 3592560

Reported Deaths: 53854
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles120012821916
Riverside2909043892
San Bernardino2875133116
San Diego2623603371
Orange2622414075
Santa Clara1114601822
Kern104057937
Fresno960231466
Sacramento941291510
Alameda811681285
Ventura78184883
San Joaquin672841182
Contra Costa63142701
Stanislaus56602957
Tulare48203770
Monterey42373329
San Mateo39225525
San Francisco34480426
Santa Barbara32267422
Solano30305167
Merced29376413
Sonoma28379303
Imperial26946641
Kings22150227
Placer20035232
San Luis Obispo19835246
Madera15596214
Santa Cruz14790187
Marin13337198
Yolo12895185
Shasta11102179
Butte11033169
El Dorado9204100
Napa909475
Sutter892398
Yuba579539
San Benito578161
Lassen563324
Tehama511852
Nevada402274
Tuolumne397259
Mendocino383444
Amador348041
Humboldt326633
Lake318141
Glenn223623
Colusa214213
Calaveras192849
Siskiyou179014
Inyo133437
Mono12194
Del Norte10205
Plumas6546
Modoc4604
Mariposa3957
Trinity3735
Sierra1000
Alpine840
Unassigned00
Oroville
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Oroville
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Auburn
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Red Bluff
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Red Bluff
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Oroville
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Hi: 63° Lo: 40°
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This weekend's weather is nice but active weather is headed our way Monday through Wednesday. This will include rain, low elevation snow and the chance for valley thunderstorms.
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