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California warmth fades this weekend; A drier pattern overall out West

By Brian Thompson , AccuWeather meteorologist
4/18/2019, 6:01:32 AM

As the month of April continues to chug along, the weather maps are looking more and more like the end of the wet season. Dry weather is starting to take hold.

Thursday will likely be the warmest day of the week along the California coast, with highs reach the 70s in San Francisco and the 80s in Downtown Los Angeles. Across the interior, Friday could be even a touch warmer with temperatures approaching record levels in places like Merced and Fresno.

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In addition to California, Phoenix will have a shot at their first 100-degree high temperature of the year on Friday.

We are tracking a cold front that will move through the Pacific Northwest from Friday into Saturday.

That front will enter the Pacific Northwest with some rain Thursday night into Friday, eventually spreading southeastward into the northern Rockies by Saturday. Rain will also spread into Northern California and Nevada, with snow levels pretty high - generally above 8,000 or 9,000 feet.

The front, but more importantly a pair of troughs moving into California this weekend, will bring some cooler weather statewide. They will also kick up the wind on Saturday in many places, with the strongest gusts over the High Desert, where winds could gust over 40 or 50 mph.

As the troughs lift out heading into early next week, temperatures across the Southwest will start to bounce back some.

Following the cold front, the next shot at any rain will be across western Washington around the middle of next week.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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