Change is on the way as we head into this afternoon as a cold front approaches our region. Ahead of the front we’ll see winds pick with the strongest winds along the coast, with gusts up to 35 mph possible, and east of the Cascades with gusts up to 25 mph possible. Other areas including the valleys and northern California can expect to see strong winds as well but not as gusty. While the Fire Danger Level has been at ‘Extreme’ for a full week now, we’ll see that these strong winds could negatively affect fires burning in our area. A positive impact will be the cooler temperatures expected with the passing of this front.
The cooler temperatures expected this afternoon will carry over to tomorrow morning, and with winds going calm tonight the National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for the basin, with the best chance for freezing and below freezing temperatures on the northeast side of the Cascades. The cold front will cause afternoon temperatures across the area to be up to five degrees cooler than normal, quite a change from what we saw last week!
We’ll see sunshine return this afternoon, and for areas in the basin and northern California that have been stuck with smokey skies for the last couple weeks, expect to see clearer skies today. This is also thanks to the winds ahead of the cold front as they will begin pushing smoke south and east of our region, air quality across our region has been improving over the last couple days with Lakeview the only city at the ‘Moderate’ level. By the afternoon, however, we may see Lakeview climb back in the ‘Good’ level later today! For more on air quality head to the ‘Weather Links.’
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Have a great Thursday and enjoy the cooler afternoon!
Meteorologist Megan Parry