A storm that arrived Friday is expected to continue through the weekend, bringing rain to the Valley and snow to higher elevations in the Sierra.
"This is a warmer storm," said Eric Kurth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. "The last big storm event was pretty cold."
As of about 6:30 p.m. Friday, 0.11 inches of rain had fallen in downtown Sacramento. Kurth said the Sacramento area likely will receive an additional 0.2 inches of rain today.
"The largest amount, intensity wise, probably will be late (tonight), after midnight," he said.
High temperatures in the low 60s are forecast for today with overnight lows in the low 50s.
Snow levels in the Sierra are expected to remain high through today, at the 7,000-foot elevation and above, then drop to around 6,000 feet with colder temperatures on Sunday.
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 4 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Sunday for areas above 6,500 feet, with forecasts for wind gusts up to 40 mph in some areas. Kurth said 6 to 12 inches of snow are expected around Donner Pass, and some of the ski resorts could receive as much as 20 inches through Sunday.
High temperatures in the Lake Tahoe area today and Sunday are expected to be in the mid-40s with overnight lows in the high 20s to low 30s.
The storm will wind down Monday. Another system is expected to move through Tuesday and Wednesday, and a 50 percent chance of rain is forecast for Thanksgiving Day.
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