A wind advisory means that sustained winds of 25 miles an hour are expected with gusts as high as 40 miles an hour, according to the National Weather Service.
Winds this strong can make driving difficult.
Lake Tahoe wave heights are expected to run two to four feet.
Operators of small craft that might be prone to capsizing are being urged to remain off the lake until the winds subside and conditions improve.
Winds are expected to die down by Wednesday morning.
N-NE wind increasing this morning Sierra to Coastal Range. Critical areas N & W Valley, Lake Co. later today. pic.twitter.com/p57OTgoknV— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 11, 2014
UPDATE 6:40 P.M. - Firefighters continue to make progress on the Washington Fire. As of late Thursday afternoon, containment stood at 15 percent. Crews remain focused on keeping the fire away from the community of Markleeville.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District said the region's air quality is forecast to be unhealthy for sensitive groups Thursday.
Warmer weather is bringing out snakes, including rattlesnakes, in Northern California.
With high temperatures, people and their pets hit the water to cool down.
Some scattered showers are in the forecast for the Sacramento Valley and throughout Northern California Thursday. While not much precipitation is expected, a winter weather advisory has been issued for elevations above 6,500 feet south of Highway 50.