The first of two unseasonably wet storms will hit Northern California today, bringing light showers to the Sacramento area by late evening, and dropping temperatures.
The second front, which is forecast to arrive Monday morning, may set records for daily precipitation for the date, according to the National Weather Service.
Up to an inch of rain is expected in some areas of the Sacramento valley, and two to four inches in the foothills and mountains. Snow is also expected around the 10,000 foot elevation.
The wet weather also means that it will be much cooler, with highs only in the upper 60s and low 70s in the Sacramento area.
The rain is expected to taper off Tuesday afternoon, as the system moves eastward. Communities in the high Sierra, such as Grass Valley and Blue Canyon may see another half-inch of precipitation in the morning and light showers in the afternoon.
By Wednesday, things will dry out in a hurry, with an upper high ridge forming over the desert southwest. Looking for a temperatures to climb into the mid 90s by the end of week.
Here's the National Weather Service 7-day forecast:
Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 11 p.m. South wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Monday: Rain, mainly after 11 a.m. High near 69. South wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Monday night: Rain. Low around 62. South wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
Tuesday: Showers, mainly before 11 a.m. High near 76. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Tuesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers before 11p.m.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 93.
Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 95.
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