Sunny weather will hang around in Sacramento for another couple days, but a moderate storm system is expected to bring rain showers to the valley and snow to the mountains by Tuesday night, the National Weather Service said.
About a quarter to a half-inch of rain could fall in the valley during the storm between Tuesday evening and mid-day Wednesday, said Darren Van Cleave, a weather service meteorologist.
In the Sierra , snowfall could measure 6 to 8 inches above 6,000 feet, mainly at the pass levels, he said. Ski resorts at 8,000 feet elevation could enjoy up to a foot of new snow overnight.
Van Cleave also predicted "reduced visibilities from snow and blowing snow" along Interstate 80 and Highway 50, mainly above 6,000 feet, as winds kick up Wednesday morning. A powdering of snow could fall as low as 5,000 feet elevation.
By Thursday, after the storm passes through, spring will continue its march through the Sacramento area, bringing sunshine and warming temperatures. By Saturday, temperatures could climb to a high of 77.
The 7-day forecast is as follows:
Today: Sunny, with a high near 72.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
Tuesday: A 30-percent chance of rain after 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.
Tuesday night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Wednesday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Wednesday night: A slight chance of showers.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 75.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 77.
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