A weak but cold spring storm is headed for the Sierra Nevada today, bringing gusty winds and some snow to the high country by early Monday, forecasters say.
The forecast calls for a chance of rain in the Sacramento area and the foothills this afternoon. But National Weather Service forecasters said Saturday that rainfall should be light, with less than 0.20 of an inch in the Valley and less than a half-inch in the foothills.
The Sierra storm could drop as much as 6 inches of snow above 6,000 feet, with smaller accumulations of 1 to 3 inches at about 4,500 feet, said forecaster George Cline at NWS in Sacramento.
"There are a couple of little, weak systems that are passing through," Cline said.
The high winds expected with the system could mean hazardous driving conditions. Gusts up to 60 mph are expected over the Sierra ridges, according to the forecast.
Skies are expected to clear by Monday, however, with a slight chance of rain, Cline said.
Sacramento-area high temperatures are likely to remain in the upper 60s today and Monday, with lows around 50.
Sacramento should see a warming trend through the week, with a high of 77 on Tuesday and reaching 80 by Wednesday.
Highs should be in the upper 70s Thursday and Friday, with nighttime temperatures dropping to the low 50s.
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