Slightly cooler weather is on tap for the Sacramento area today, while a weak system moving through early in the week will bring valley showers, mountain snow and gusty wind, according to the National Weather Service.
This afternoon will be sunny and breezy, with with clouds forming later in the evening.
A low-pressure system is forecast to drop into the area possibly sometime Monday through Tuesday night, said David Rowe, a meteorologist with the Sacramento office of the weather service. He said north winds could blow 15 to 30 mph, with local gusts up to 40 mph in the valley.
Sacramento should brace for local power outages from tree branches downed by wind, Rowe said. Snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches above 5,000 feet elevation could make for hazardous travel in the Sierra Nevada mountains, including passes, he said.
Forecasters predict Tuesday will be the windiest day of the system, while the most snow will fall in the mountains on Monday afternoon and evening.
Sunny weather and warmer temperatures will return Wednesday.
The 7-day forecast is as follows:
Today: Sunny, with a high near 73. West northwest wind 8 to 13 mph.
Monday: A 20-percent chance of showers after 11 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
Monday night: A 20-percent chance of showers before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 71. Windy, with a north northwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 74.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 78.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 81.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 84.
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