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Fire Weather Threat Continues in California; Wintry Conditions in Northern Rockies, Great Lakes & Northeast

Gusty winds and low humidity will again result in elevated to critical fire weather conditions across portions of California through the weekend. Meanwhile, a cold front will bring rain and high elevation snowfall to the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. Areas of snow and seasonably chilly temperatures will also persist near the Great Lakes and parts of the Northeast. Read More >

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Last Map Update: Fri, Dec. 15, 2017 at 1:56:15 pm CST

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Rain returns to the region Saturday and Sunday. The rain will spread into the region from the south Saturday afternoon and evening, and exit the region to the east on Sunday morning. Highest rain chances are Saturday night along and east of Interstate 35/35W. Rainfall totals are generally expected to be less than a half of an inch, but some heavier amounts are possible across our eastern and southernmost counties.
Today will be mostly sunny and seasonably cool with highs in the middle and upper 50s. The wind will be northwest 5 to 10 mph.
While plentiful cloud cover will exist on Saturday, the lower- levels of the atmosphere will remain quite dry north of I-20. The combination of the dry air and strong southerly winds will result in an elevated fire weather threat during the afternoon. Exercise great care if any outdoor activities could result in fire ignition!
Maybe you've heard a rumor about wintry weather before Christmas? It's true, some of the forecast data does suggest a weather pattern favorable for winter weather. However it's such a long way out, weather forecasters have to deal with uncertainty. One of the best ways to show uncertainty is with probabilities. Hear's a chart that shows the highest probability of a certain type of weather December 21st through December 25th. See why snow and ice may be possible, but the most likely forecast is cold and dry.
Forecast models are showing cold air arriving next week around December 22nd and 23rd (on average). What we do not know for sure yet is exactly when the cold air arrives, how cold temperatures will be, and if there will be any precipitation and what kind. We will be providing updates when/as we acquire better confidence in the late week forecast.
There are different solutions for the late part of next week. This image shows four different weather model forecasts which would have four different outcomes for our area. Only thing we area confident in is that late next week will turn colder.
With very little rainfall the past several weeks, widespread moderate to severe drought has overspread much of the region. Burn bans are in effect for many counties across the region due to the resultant increased fire danger.
Another cold front will move into the region this evening and overnight. This front will result in a north wind shift, but gusty winds are not expected until Thursday. Low temperatures tonight and Thursday morning will be in the 30s for most locations.

 
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