A wet weather pattern is developing that could last into Christmas, according to the National Weather Service.
Until the rainy weather arrives, conditions are expected to be cold and sunny. A low of 31 degrees was recorded in Sacramento at 5 a.m. Wednesday.
High pressure over the eastern Pacific Ocean and West Coast is providing the rainless skies. Lighter winds Wednesday are allowing for cooler temperatures than earlier in the week.
The high pressure that has kept this workweek dry is expected to break down, providing the chance for several wet weather systems to work their way through Northern California.
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While there’s a slight chance of showers on Friday, the weekend and Monday are better bets to have precipitation. The string of rainy events could last through Christmas, according to the NWS forecasters.
The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Wednesday: Patchy frost before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 54. East-southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Light southeast wind.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 56. South-southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. South-southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of rain after 10 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Calm wind becoming south-southeast around 6 mph in the morning.
Friday night: A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Saturday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Saturday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Sunday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.
Sunday night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 46.
Monday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 55.
Monday night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 46.
Tuesday: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 59.