Despite last week's spring-like weather, winter has another wallop in store for the Sacramento region, according to National Weather Service forecasters.
A cold system will bring showers to the valley and snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains Monday night through Wednesday, said Craig Shoemaker, a meteorologist with the Sacramento office of the NWS.
Another storm may follow later in the week, he said.
Monday night's storm could make for hazardous travel on Interstate 80 and Highway 50,with 1 to 6 inches of snow predicted as low as 2,500 feet.
Shoemaker said snowfall will be heaviest on Tuesday, with a total of 6 to 12 inches falling above 3,000 feet elevation.
Meanwhile, the valley will see scattered showers and possible thunderstorms, mainly on Tuesday.
"Expect 0.20 to 0.50 inches across the valley," Shoemaker said. "The focus of the precipitation will be Tuesday afternoon and evening."
The 7-day forecast is as follows:
Today: Sunny, with a high near 66.
Monday: Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 63.
Monday night: A 40 percent chance of rain after 10 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Tuesday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10 a.m. High near 54. Southwest wind 18 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
Tuesday night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10 p.m, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
Thursday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
Thursday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Friday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 59.
Friday night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Saturday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 61.
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