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Fire Weather Alerts Extended in California

14 Dec 2017, 10:14 pm

Fire weather alerts that have been in effect across California have now been extended through the weekend.

The very latest alert map shows that the fire concerns are no longer just in southern California, but now extend into central and northern portions of the state.

The reason for the extension, both in time and area, is because no rain is forecast through the weekend and there is going to be another burst of wind that builds in from the north beginning Friday night.  A strong area of high pressure is going to build into the eastern Pacific Ocean.  At the same time, a low pressure center bringing snow showers will move through parts of the West.  In between, California will experience gusty winds and as a result, higher fire danger.

The next best chance of precipitation for California appears to be sometime in the middle of the upcoming week, mainly around Tuesday or Wednesday.

However the general weather pattern continues to look drier than average for much of the state through Christmas.  We will, of course, have to monitor the winds on a daily basis because a decrease in wind for an extended period of time will greatly help the fire fight.

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier

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