Redding, Red Bluff, Chico -

The start of the New Year will continue to bring basically the same weather we ended last year with. That means temperatures will remain around ten degrees above normal during the day with chilly mornings and patchy frost likely. Also, what is missing that we normally have this time of year-valley fog. It is just too warm and dry for any serious tule fog to form.

So the next few days look dry with some clouds at times and breezy conditions this weekend.  By next week, finally, a couple of weak systems are expected to break down the nearly permanent high pressure ridge and give us our first chance of precipitation in almost a month!

The first system looks to come in Tuesday night and Wednesday. Another weak storm is potentially poised to come in behind the first one. Neither will be strong and precipitation amounts look to be very light and any rain and snow that falls will not ease our drought at all. But, never-the-less, this does finally represent a much needed change in our weather.