The National Weather Service predicts that winter weather will return with rain in the valley beginning, for the most part, Wednesday night.
The upper level high pressure ridge that has brought unseasonably dry and warm weather is giving way to a mild rain storm that will easily be soaked up by pastures and lawns. The best chance for precipitation is Wednesday night through Thursday.
Storm totals forecast for the period of Wednesday-Friday: Woodland, .27 of an inch, Sacramento, .43, Roseville, .58, Placerville, 1.05, Auburn, 1.03, Grass Valley, 1.61 and Yuba City, .58.
Meanwhile, in the Sierra Nevada, snow could fall over the highway passes early Thursday and into Friday with eight inches of new snow over the peaks.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Light south southeast wind.
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of rain after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 64. South southwest wind 3 to 7 mph.
Wednesday night: Rain likely, mainly after 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 49. South wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west in the morning.
Thursday night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 63.
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