Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com The Sierra snowpack is expected to be bolstered a bit when a storm rolls through from tonight through Wednesday. A second storm is possible later in the week, the weather service says.

Cold, rainy system due in north state tonight

Published: Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 - 8:01 am

Despite last week's springlike weather, winter has another wallop in store for the region, according to National Weather Service forecasters.

A cold system will bring showers to the Valley and snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains tonight through Wednesday, said Craig Shoemaker, a meteorologist with the Sacramento office of the NWS.

Another storm may follow later in the week, he said.

Tonight'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 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.

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