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Update: Red Flag Warning Issued For The Central Valley

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A weather system passing to our northeast will bring gusty north and east winds to interior northern California.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Northern San Joaquin Valley below 1,000 feet, from 11 AM Thursday through 8 PM Friday. Additionally, a Wind Advisory will be in effect for the Northern San Joaquin Valley from 11 PM Thursday until 5 Pm Friday.

The winds will be increasing Thursday morning and will peak Thursday night through Friday morning.

Northerly winds of fifteen to thirty mph are likely, with gusts ranging from thirty-five to forty-five mph.

Minimum humidities of five to twelve percent are forecast during the afternoons, with overnight recoveries ranging from twenty to thirty-five percent.

The gusty winds along with drying fuels will lead to critical fire weather conditions. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

Gusty winds could also blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Gusty winds could impact high profile vehicles. Use extra caution when driving,

Lighter winds are expected on Saturday, but humidity values will remain in the single digits and teens.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.