The National Weather Service anticipates a late fall storm on Thursday will deliver wet and windy conditions.
Wednesday’s weather is much like earlier in the week, although the morning was warmer than Monday and Tuesday. The high temperature on Wednesday is expected to reach 58 degrees in Sacramento.
The weather system forecast to arrive on Thursday is expected to be warmer and deliver less rainfall than previous storms. However, Sierra travel could still be hampered, according to the National Weather Service.
Nearly a foot of snowfall is possible at the higher elevations of the northern Sierra. Several inches of snow could fall to around the 4,500-feet elevation.
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In the Sacramento Valley, a quarter- to a half-inch of rain is forecast. Winds will ramp up Thursday as the system moves through with sustained winds around 20 mph and gusts to 30 mph in Sacramento.
In timing the arrival of the rain, the NWS expects that showers will begin in the mid- to late-morning along the Coast Range. In the late morning to the afternoon, interior California, including Sacramento, will see rainfall as the system moves quickly over the north state, according to forecasters.
The heaviest snowfall in the Sierra will occur in the afternoon and through the night. Skies clear on Friday.
The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Calm wind.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Calm wind.
Thursday: Rain after 10 a.m. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 56. Breezy, with a south-southeast wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Thursday night: Showers likely, mainly before 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the morning.
Friday night: Patchy fog after 10 p.m. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
Saturday: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Sunday: A slight chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 56.
Sunday night: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.