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The high pressure ridge that has dominated our weather is just about history. Today will be sunny with increasing clouds late in the day. A weak storm system will reach the coast Monday morning and will move eastward during the day. A stronger, wetter, and windier system will move into area late Monday and we can expect moderate to heavy precipitation with strong and gusty south to southwest winds from late Monday through early Wednesday.
Snow levels will be around 5,000 to 5,500 feet Monday but will drop to 3,000 feet in the north and 4,000 feet in the south (Plumas County) by early Tuesday. These levels will drop further: 2,000 feet in the north and 2,500 to 3,000 feet in the south, late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
Strong and gusty south to southwest winds are expected from Monday night through early Wednesday. Winds gusts of 40 to 45 mph are expected in the northern Sacramento Valley with gusts to 65 mph over higher exposed elevations of northern California.
The map below for Wednesday shows the low pressure area along the coast with another system dropping southward from Alaska. The system along the coast will move across northern California Wednesday and the upstream system will move into central and southern California. This means the heaviest precipitation will be south of our area and northern California will be partly cloudy to cloudy late Wednesday through early Friday with scattered showers.
There will be a very cold airmass over our area and snow levels will be around 1,500 to 2,000 feet. Friday afternoon and Saturday most of the clouds and showers will be confined to higher elevations east of the Sacramento Valley with partly sunny skies over the valley and areas to the west.
Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff Today: Cloudy with rain by afternoon. Max temps 51 to 56. South wind 10 to 18 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph gusts 30 to 35 mph by afternoon. Tonight: Cloudy with rain. Min temps 43 to 49. South wind 20 to 30 mph gusts 40 to 45 mph. Tuesday: Cloudy with rain. Max temps 50 to 55. South wind 20 to 30 mph gusts 40 to 45 mph. Tuesday Night: Cloudy with rain. Min temps 42 to 48. South wind 18 to 28 mph decreasing during the night. Wednesday: Partly cloudy to cloudy with showers. Max temps 50 to 55. South wind 10 to 18 mph. Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. Min temps 34 to 42. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Max temps 45 to 49. Southwest to northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Min temps 29 to 36. Light wind. Friday: Partly cloudy in the morning with decreasing clouds during the day. Max temps 45 to 50. Light north wind. Friday Night: Scattered clouds. Min temps 28 to 36. Light wind. Saturday: Sunny with a few clouds. Max temps 51 to 56. Light north wind. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Min temps 35 to 41. Light wind.
-The Old Forecaster
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Chris Fontana — a.k.a. “the Old Forecaster” — started his career as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Sacramento. After four years as a weather officer in the USAF he transferred to the NWS office in Redding. He was the meteorologist in charge of the Redding office from 1976 until it closed in 1996. From 1996 until his retirement in 2005, he was the meteorologist in charge of the USFS Predictive Service Unit. Chris and his wife Jane have been married over 40 years and he works as a window covering installer in her business, Westwood Window Coverings.
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