At the very least, the weather will be dry for the next week. In the Central Valley, patches of fog and frost are possible late at night and early in the morning. Winds from the north to the east will be blowing locally late tonight and into Friday.
High clouds continue to stream up from the south into Northern California, being attracted northward by a storm that is now off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and moving northward.
Because dew points are running a few degrees higher than they were 24 hours ago, patchy thick fog may be possible across the Central Valley from around the Sacramento region southward once again, although heavy clouds will likely prevent the fog from becoming more widespread.
It is projected that the generally dry and mild trend will continue throughout next week with little change.
The storm moving through the Pacific Northwest today will drop a dry cold front southward into the Great Basin, which will cause an increase in the north to east surface pressure gradient throughout Northern California later tonight and into Friday as a result of its passage.
In the aftermath, there will be strong winds across the Sacramento Valley, as well as the western slopes of the northern Sierra and southern Cascade Mountains.
Wind gusts of 30 to 35 miles per hour will be likely around the western fringe of the Sacramento Valley, and some local gusts of over 40 miles per hour will be possible throughout the northern Sierra ridges and mountains.
As the gradient begins to soften, the winds will begin to diminish by Saturday morning.