Timing of the upcoming storm and predictions for rainfall amounts and wind speed were provided Tuesday by the National Weather Service office in Sacramento. Predictions by the government forecasters reinforce earlier expectations that the weather event will be significant.
The peak of the storm is predicted in Sacramento on Thursday. Here’s the rundown from the weather service:
-- Precipitation begins Wednesday evening.
-- Precipitation picks up Thursday morning in Sacramento.
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-- Heaviest rain Thursday afternoon in Sacramento.
-- Rainfall expected to be 2.5 inches in Sacramento, 2 to 5 inches in foothills.
-- Strong winds expected Thursday, 32 to 36 mph sustained in Sacramento.
-- Heavy snow at highest elevations of Sierra Nevada.
-- Showers Friday in Sacramento.
-- Mostly clear in Sacramento on weekend.
The detailed, seven-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:
Tuesday: Areas of dense fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 64. Light and variable wind.
Tuesday night: Patchy fog after 10 p.m. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Calm wind.
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of rain after 4 p.m. Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 64. Light southeast wind becoming south-southeast 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Wednesday night: Rain, mainly after 10 p.m. Low around 58. Windy, with a southeast wind 20 to 25 mph increasing to 31 to 36 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday: Rain, with thunderstorms also possible after 10 a.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 61. Windy, with a south-southeast wind 32 to 36 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.
Thursday night: Showers. Low around 50. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.
Friday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 57. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Friday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 56.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 59.
Sunday night: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Monday: A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 57.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.