Sacramento will see rain and much cooler temperatures late Sunday through Tuesday and motorists will face wintry driving conditions in the Sierra Nevada as a front from the Pacific Northwest tumbles down the coast.
Prepare for a drastic weather change, National Weather Service forecasters said Saturday, with temperatures falling 15 to 30 degrees from this weekends highs. Forecasters pegged highs in the upper 70s today with a low near 48 degrees and had predicted the same for Sunday.
But the system moving into California now is expected to strengthen as it heads south from western Canada pushing rain and colder air into Northern California. That means widespread showers late Sunday and into Monday, decreasing Tuesday, forecasters said.
Rain will be light in the Sacramento area. Forecasters expect less than .10 of an inch. But the system will also carry winds gusting to 35 mph in the Sacramento Valley late Sunday and into early Monday.
In the Sierra, snow levels were expected to drop from earlier predictions of 5,500 to 6,000 feet to 4,000 to 5,000 feet. Anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snowfall are possible above 6,000 feet late Sunday and into Monday with gusts up to 60 mph over the ridge tops of the Sierra Nevada into Monday.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs around 80. Light winds.
Saturday night: Mostly clear. Lows 44 to 52. Light winds.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 75 to 81. Light winds.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers. Lows 46 to 52. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Cooler. Highs 59 to 65. South winds 10 mph, shifting to the southeast at 10 mph in the afternoon.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers. Lows 40 to 46.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers. Highs 58 to 64.
Tuesday night through Wednesday night: Mostly clear. Lows 40 to 50. Highs around 69.
Thursday through Friday: Clear. Highs around 74. Lows 42 to 52.
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