One more day of dry weather remains before two weather systems bring what is expected to be more than an inch of rain to the Sacramento region.
Another day of mild temperatures is forecast Tuesday with readings in the Central Valley to again exceed 70 degrees. But the weather pattern changes on Wednesday as a frontal system brings a good shot of rain.
The Wednesday storm is forecast to bring .67 of an inch of rain in Sacramento, with one-to-two inches of precipitation in the foothills and mountains. Look for most of the rain to hit in the afternoon and evening hours on Wednesday.
Sierra snow levels will remain high with up to a foot of white stuff above 7,000-feet elevation.
The change in the weather does not stop there. On Friday, a stronger, wetter and cooler storm is forecast to arrive, according to the National Weather Service. The more potent system is expected to arrive Friday morning with the heaviest precipitation occurring mid-day Friday.
NWS forecasters note that in the Sierra Nevada, rain and snow may never really stop between storms. The detailed forecast for the next 7 days from the NWS:
Today: Sunny, with a high near 72. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the morning.
Tonight: A 10 percent chance of rain after 4 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. South southeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Wednesday: Rain, mainly after 10 a.m. High near 65. South wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Wednesday night: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10pm. Low around 53. South southeast wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Thursday night: Showers, mainly after 4am. Low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Friday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. High near 59. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Friday night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 47.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.
Saturday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.
Sunday night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Monday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.