Potentially hazardous high winds are expected to slam the mountains and the foothills Thursday.
The change in the weather from wet to windy is also expected to bring gusts in excess of 30 mph to Sacramento.
The windy conditions forecast by the National Weather Service for Thursday are the result of a strong high pressure system building into the Pacific Northwest combined with a deep low pressure system off the southern California coast.
At 6 a.m., the California Department of Transportation issued a high wind advisory for travel over the Yolo Causeway and the Bryte Bend Bridge in Yolo County.
The weather system that tracked through on Tuesday night and Wednesday dropped a total of .79 of an inch of rain on Sacramento. That rainy weather is pretty much history as the approaching wind event takes form.
The NWS forecast calls for winds around 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph Thursday night at Blue Canyon along Interstate 80 in the mountains. In Placerville, along Highway 50, winds are predicted to get up to 25 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph Thursday night.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 41. North wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 67. North wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Friday night: Clear, with a low around 39. North wind 9 to 13 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light north northwest in the morning.
Saturday night: Clear, with a low around 37.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 67.
Sunday night: Clear, with a low around 38.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 65.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 66.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
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