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Warmer Saturday

High pressure nudges in from the west as we head into the weekend, squashing the marine layer and furthering the ongoing warm-up. Even so, a weather system will slip by to the north and then east Sunday into Monday. While most of the energy and thus precipitation associated with this system will remain distant to our northeast, its tail end will have impacts locally. Ahead of it on Sunday, onshore winds will strengthen, cooling us and pushing low clouds and potentially a spritz of drizzle into the region. Behind it on Monday, gusty northerly offshore winds are likely with the strongest winds over the mountains. The air mass behind this system won’t be all that cold, however, and in fact strengthening high pressure in combination with this mild, dry air mass will mean warmer than normal high temperatures for most of next week.

 Low clouds redevelop and spread around the bay and adjacent valleys. Coverage may be patchy, however, and with lowered marine layer heights, fog will be possible. Expect coastal lows in the 40s with 30s to low 40s inland.

Saturday: A few low clouds near the coast and passing high clouds, otherwise mostly sunny and warmer. Expect coastal highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s with 60s to low 70s inland. Breezy for inland valleys in the late afternoon.

Sunday: Mixed high and low level clouds with the low clouds more concentrated on the coast. Breezy onshore winds at times on the coast and inland valleys. Slightly cooler, with coastal highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s and 60s to low 70s inland. Offshore winds pick up over the hills late.

Extended: Next week will be characterized by offshore winds. They will be the strongest on Monday and may be gusty over the hills. The air mass will remain warm & dry throughout the week, though the mornings will likely be cool.

 The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for February 22nd – 28th calls for the likelihood of BELOW normal temperatures and BELOW normal precipitation.

El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Neutral
(Winter) Forecast: Neutral


This week's normal temperatures:
LOW: 44ºF
HIGH: 61ºF

LOW: 39ºF
HIGH: 64ºF

Weather Authority

Dann Cianca

Dann Cianca is the chief meteorologist at KION News Channel 5/46.


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