Warmer today as high pressure keeps things a little warmer in the NorthState.

A weak area of high pressure is building in for today but it won’t last more than Friday evening.  By Saturday morning a strong cold front will move in bringing thick clouds and areas of light to moderate rain.  It will also bring some gusty winds just ahead of the front, some of which could gust over 30mph.  All told some areas in the mountains could pick up about an inch of rain, with Redding and Oroville on the valley floor nabbing about a tenth.  It isn’t much, but it is the most rain we’ve seen in the past 36 days.  The last time we received more than 1/10th of an inch of rain was the snowstorm on December 6th when Redding picked up 0.38” of liquid equivalent.

The good news for sun lovers is that the rain will only last for a day.  On Sunday, the area of high pressure, which was set up over the west coast for the past several months, returns.  That means the winds will shift around to the north and will increase to 10-15 mph in the afternoon.  North is a very dry direction for northern California, so it’s looking like most of the moisture we gained from this system will be dried out by those winds.

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