Mostly sunny skies with gusty winds today.
A high level cloud deck will slowly increase through the afternoon becoming completely overcast by the evening hours. The clouds are very high, so there won’t be any chance for rain, but it will blot out the sun somewhat this afternoon. The other big thing to talk about is the winds. We’ve already seen gusts to 30mph in Red Bluff and Corning, and we expect these gusts to increase through the afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the entire valley through 4pm today, warning of gusts to 45mph possible. The strongest winds look like they’ll occur in the Red Bluff/Corning area around noon to 2pm today.
The rest of the week is really governed by a series of lows which will try to break through the ridge to our west. The models haven’t done a particularly good job at handling any of the systems and therefore confidence is pretty low on exactly where the lows will track. So far it’s put the center of the low to our west, directly overhead and to our east in successive model runs. Essentially, we know something is going to happen, but we’re not 100% certain exactly how it will transpire.
Our current opinion is that the low will generally track to our north, missing northern California and only bringing a few sprinkles to Siskiyou and Modoc Counties, and some showers in eastern Shasta and Lassen Counties. The valley will stay completely dry, but will see clouds pass overhead – although no complete overcast as those clouds will be relatively spread out and in the upper levels of the atmosphere.
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