Sunshine is on tap for Sacramento today and most of this week, until a chance of rain on Thursday.
Fair skies, light winds and warmer temperatures are in store for the valley and Sierra Nevada mountains through the weekend and in the early part of the week, aid forecasters at the Sacramento office of the National Weather Service.
By Tuesday, a weak low-pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska is expected to approach the west coast, bringing increasing cloud cover and cooler temperatures, but no rain locally. Forecasters predict that will dissipate by Wednesday, ushering in clear skies again.
A second cold system from Alaska will drop into the region on Thursday, bringing chances of precipitation to the Sacramento area. The heaviest rainfall is expected in the northern Sierras Thursday night. Light snow could accumulate in the upper foothills, with snow levels at 3,000 feet elevation, NWS meteorologists said.
Showers could continue into Friday with lingering mountain rainfalls through that night.
Drier weather and normal temperatures are forecast for the weekend, with breezy winds in the mountains, as a high-pressure system builds in the north.
The 7-day forecast is:
Today: High near 64.
Tonight: Patchy fog after 4 a.m.
Monday: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
Thursday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 57.
Thursday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Friday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 56.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 59.
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