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Very wet weather ahead for Northern California

It's going to be a wet start to the spring season. Showers pick up later today, and become heavier later this week.

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 6:47 AM

Changes are moving into Northern California for your Tuesday forecast, but most showers will likely hold off until this evening. We are already tracking some moisture over the region, but there isn't much actually hitting the ground already this morning. Cloudy skies have helped to trap in more heat than we had yesterday morning, and that is resulting in a slightly warmer start to your Tuesday across the region. Valley areas are starting out in the mid to high 40's, while mountain areas are hovering between the high 20's to mid 30's early today. Clouds will continue to increase through the afternoon, and winds will be out of the North to 10mph. High temperatures are projected to end up in the low to mid 60's in the valley, and in the mid 40's to low 50's in the mountains this afternoon. Showers will be possible through the afternoon, but will become more likely after 5pm. Snow levels will range from 6000' to 7000' tonight and tomorrow.

Showers will be prevalent through the day tomorrow, and there will be a slight chance for thunderstorms in the valley. Gusty South winds will also develop on Wednesday. Sustained winds will be up to 20mph out of the South, and gusts could reach 35mph on Wednesday afternoon. Precipitation will become much heavier later in the day Wednesday through the middle of the day on Thursday. Snow levels will fall into the 2500' to 3500' range for the latter part of the week. The majority of the valley will likely see upwards of an inch of rain on the way through the end of the week. Some areas closer to the Foothills may get upwards of 2.5 inches, with upwards of 3 inches looking possible in Oroville. Foothill and Sierra locations will get hit especially hard with heavy precipitation. Some estimates are calling for almost 4 inches of rain in Paradise through the end of the week. Several portions of the Sierra are expected to get well above 3 inches of rain through Friday. Temperatures will be several degrees cooler for the end of the week.

Showers will not be as strong on Friday, and will mostly be limited to the mountains. The potential for showers will linger into the middle of the day on Saturday, but it looks like we will dry out by Saturday night. Dry and slightly warmer weather is ahead for Sunday, and then we get even warmer on Monday. Models are hinting at a return to a dry and warmer pattern for next week.

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Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 98° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 99° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 68°
Paradise
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
Chester
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 43°
Red Bluff
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 68°
Willows
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 101° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 72°
The seasonably hot weather continued today for northern California, but more heat and stronger breezes are coming our way through early next week.
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