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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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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles3020777027
Riverside669931303
San Bernardino633671073
Orange589801454
San Diego55210877
Kern33928416
Fresno30969439
Sacramento25601491
Santa Clara24425392
Alameda23471462
San Joaquin21729489
Contra Costa18763242
Stanislaus17714398
Tulare17590288
Ventura14330165
Imperial12967336
San Francisco12189140
Monterey1141990
San Mateo11198159
Santa Barbara9827122
Merced9531155
Sonoma9494136
Kings826483
Solano744576
Marin7096129
Madera503774
Placer420757
San Luis Obispo417432
Yolo321959
Butte309552
Santa Cruz280825
Napa196616
Shasta195431
Sutter186512
San Benito144215
El Dorado13514
Yuba132310
Mendocino113621
Tehama8928
Lassen7661
Lake69816
Glenn6713
Nevada6238
Humboldt56810
Colusa5516
Calaveras34218
Amador33116
Tuolumne2754
Inyo23115
Siskiyou2050
Del Norte1801
Mono1802
Mariposa792
Plumas700
Modoc360
Trinity270
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 77° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 55°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 78° Lo: 46°
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Paradise
Clear
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Hi: 73° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 55°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 73° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 20°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 81° Lo: 46°
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Willows
Clear
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Hi: 79° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 55°
Thankfully our windy, fire danger weather pattern is coming to an end over northern California. The wind will decrease to lighter breezes late tonight through tomorrow, and our fire danger won't be quite as extreme going forward.
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