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Storm Tracker Forecast: Gusty winds & warming temperatures ahead

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Gusty winds will bring the potential for travel impacts and power outages to northern California from Wednesday into the morning of your Thanksgiving day. We also have warming temperatures and clearing skies into Thanksgiving day. Pleasant end to your work week and start to your weekend, but wet and cooler weather is projected to return in your extended forecast.

You'll want to give yourself extra time to get to where you're going today and to make sure your phone is fully charge before as you get ready to take on your Wednesday. High pressure to our west and north will leave us with clearing skies and warmer temperatures, and low pressure to our north east will track south and drive gusty north/northeast winds today into Thanksgiving morning. This weather pattern is what's known as an "Inside Slider" event, where a trough rides over to the north of a ridge across the southwest and then slides south on the back side of that ridge to drive gusty north winds. This is sometimes accompanied by Sierra snowfall, but moisture will be very limited from this system, so we'll be staying dry today. The gusty winds will bring the potential for power outages and travel impacts as trees could get downed into roads or power lines through early Thursday. We have had some cloud cover over northern California overnight, and those clouds paired with the increasing north winds have left us with a warmer start to your Wednesday. Valley and foothill areas are in the 30's to 40's, while our mountain zones range from the teens to 30's early Wednesday. Winds are picking up out of the north, and will be sustained up to around 15mph in the valley. Gusts up to 30mph out of the north are projected along I-5 in the valley, and gusts up to 25mph will be possible along the east side of the valley in Butte County today. Winds will be picking up out of the northeast from mid afternoon through tonight in the foothills and Sierra. We'll have sustained winds out of the northeast to 15mph, and gusts in the 40 to 50mph range in those areas from this evening through early Thanksgiving morning. High temperatures are projected to climb into the upper 60's to lower 70's in the valley, mid 50's to mid 60's in the foothills, 40's to mid 50's in the Sierra, and 50's to lower 60's in the Northern Mountains Wednesday afternoon. Winds will become stronger out of the northeast overnight in the foothills and Sierra. Gusts up to around 60mph out of the northeast are not out of the question in our canyons, and could result in power outages and debris being blown into our roads through early in the day on Thanksgiving.

Winds will diminish after mid morning for Thanksgiving day. We'll start out with temperatures in the 30's to mid 40's in the valley and foothills, and upper teens to lower 30's in our mountain areas early Thursday. Winds will mostly end up out of the north to around 10mph through the day, and we'll have sunny skies overhead. Temperatures will end up a couple of degrees warmer for your Thanksgiving Day afternoon, with valley areas topping out in the low to mid 70's. Foothill and mountain areas will mostly range from the 50's to 60's in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day. We'll continue to have clear skies and lighter winds late this week. Temperatures will drop by a few degrees on Friday, but will remain in the mid to upper 60's in the valley for hte afternoons on Friday and Saturday. Foothill areas will end up in the 50's to lower 60's, and our mountain zones will range from the 40's to lower 60's Friday and Saturday. Low temperatures will remain fairly mild late this week and into the early portion of your weekend. We'll then have colder overnight low temperatures and the potential for frost on Sunday. Valley areas will start out in the 30's to lower 40's and top out in the low to mid 60's on Sunday, while foothill areas start out in the 40's and end up in 40's to mid 50's. Mountain areas will start out in the teens to 20's and top out in the 40's to 50's for the latter half of your weekend. Models are showing a chance for some showers arriving late Sunday into early next week, but confidence is still low on rain and snow amounts. We'll end up with high temperatures dropping into the upper 50's to mid 60's in the valley on Sunday, and then 50's on Monday. Foothill areas will have high temperatures in the 40's to 50's on Sunday and then 30's to 40's on Monday, while our mountain zones have temperatures in the 30's to 40's both of those days. Even cooler temperatures and the potential for heavier rain and snow are on the way from the middle to latter half of next week. If the current models hold then we're in for substantial rain and snow on the way late next week into next weekend.

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