Areas of "exceptional drought" expanded in the southern and eastern Sierra Nevada in response to poor snowpack conditions, the monitor said in its weekly update.
The National Weather Service said lighter winds have allowed the warning to expire five hours early, but dry conditions persist.
Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded his drought emergency proclamation to include counties where the Klamath River, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Tulare Lake run through.
The National Weather Service extended a red flag warning to Tuesday evening for the North and East Bay hills and the East Bay valleys due to weather conditions that pose a risk of wildfires.
Red flag warnings are unusual this early in the year, but because California is in a drought, and water levels are below average, the bigger fires typical in the months of August and September could spark as early as July.
A Red Flag fire warning, the earliest in almost a decade, began Friday night at 11 p.m. and continues through the weekend.
The warning goes into effect from 11 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday and is the first to be issued this year, according to the weather service.
The risk of severe weather continued Tuesday across much of the southern U.S. after tornadoes ripped through parts of the region on Sunday night and Monday — killing at least two people in Georgia.
A number of state and federal agencies urged people to get prepared for fires now ahead of what is shaping up to be another challenging wildfire season.
Multiple tornadoes were reported Sunday night across Mississippi, damaging buildings and causing downed trees and power lines.
The National Weather Service released an updated drought monitor on Thursday that shows 'extreme drought' conditions over most of the Bay Area.
Several water agencies are making moves to assure customers that as California moves into its second year of drought, they'll be able to get through without major lifestyle changes.
Staff members from the utility provider will present its 2021 Water Supply Availability and Deficiency Report and recommend the board establish a district-wide voluntary water use reduction of 10 percent.
The National Weather Service said the downpour left Nashville with its second-largest two-day rainfall in the city’s history.
Residents throughout the South are reeling after severe weather and tornadoes ripped across the region, killing at least five people and leaving behind widespread destruction.
Southern states were hit by tornadoes Thursday amid a dangerous severe weather outbreak which also brought large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding across the region.
"Brrrrr,” the Bay Area weather office tweeted, urging residents to protect pets, livestock and plants.
Last month's snowpack survey showed that it's at 93% of normal levels.
The cost to repair the road is $11.5 million and Caltrans hopes to have it back open this summer.
When the Lone Star State saw single-digit temperatures as a record-breaking winter storm froze pipes and knocked out electricity for millions, Bill and Starlyn would go eight days before seeing their babies.