Stronger winds & warmer temperatures ahead for your Thursday

Warmer and windy today, but a major cooling trend is on the horizon

Posted: Feb 15, 2018 7:18 AM

Strong North winds, warmer temperatures, and plenty of sunshine are ahead for your Thursday in Northern California. Temperatures are starting out warmer in the valley thanks in no small part to the North winds kicking up overnight, but mountain areas are still downright cold this morning. Temperatures are starting out in the high 30's to mid 40's in the valley this morning, and in the teens to 20's in the mountains. Skies will be clear through the day and North winds will get stronger heading into the middle of the day. Sustained winds are projected to be between 10 to 20mph out of the North, with gusts to around 30mph. High temperatures are projected to end up in the mid 60's in the valley this afternoon, while mountain areas top out in the mid 40's to mid 50's.

Temperatures will be in the same range, if not cooler, tomorrow morning, but afternoon high temperatures will be warmer than today. Most of the valley will end up in the mid to high 60's on Friday. Saturday will be dry, and temperatures will only be a couple degrees cooler than Friday. We start to see a substantial cooling trend impacting Northern California on Sunday, and a chance for showers will return to higher elevations Sunday night. Snow levels are expected to be down to 1500 feet on Monday morning, and we will have a chance for snow showers in the Foothills. The best chance for showers will be in higher elevations.

Cloudy skies, breezy winds, and the potential for mountain showers will continue on Monday. Temperatures are expected to top out in the mid 50's for the valley on Monday, and will then top out in the low 50's for Tuesday and Wednesday. Overnight low temperatures will become a much bigger concern as we head into next week. Looks like valley areas will more than likely dip to several degrees below freezing, and a hard freeze is not out of the question. You may want to cover your plants, and make sure pipes are protected from the freezing conditions. Showers do not look as likely for the region after Monday, but the cooler weather is expected to last for most of next week.

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