More rain and snow is forecast for the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Nevada mountains Wednesday, as a cold, unstable front moves across Northern California.
Sacramento could see some scattered thunderstorms Wednesday morning, with a 70-percent chance of showers, said the National Weather Service. Less than a tenth of an inch is expected Wednesday. Temperatures are predicted to reach a high of 63 degrees and a low of 49 degrees.
Chain controls were in place for drivers braving 3 to 7 inches of new snow falling overnight in the Sierras. Chains are required on Highway 50 from Fred's Place to Meyers and on Interstate 80 from Whitmore to Donner Lake Interchange. A winter weather advisory is in place for the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains above 4,000 feet elevation.
The first storm of the season has dropped 1.14 inches of rain in Sacramento since Sunday, and up to 27 inches of snow in the mountains.
Warmer, drier weather will return on Thursday, with temperatures rebounding into the 70s.
The 7-day forecast:
Today:Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then a slight chance of showers. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 62. South wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight:Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.
Thursday:Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Northeast wind 5 to 14 mph becoming north northwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Thursday night:Mostly clear, with a low around 48. North northwest wind 8 to 13 mph.
Friday:Sunny, with a high near 74. North northwest wind around 8 mph.
Friday night:Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.
Saturday:Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
Saturday night:Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.
Sunday:Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
Sunday night:Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.
Monday:Partly sunny, with a high near 72, low near 55.
Tuesday:A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.
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