Three storms of varying intensity are expected in Sacramento this week.
The first rain event is predicted for tonight when a system poised Tuesday morning along the north coast will spread inland across the Sacramento region and then into the mountains.
The heaviest rainfall is forecast for late tonight and Wednesday morning as the front moves through. About a half inch of rainfall is possible.
In the Sierra Nevada, up to a foot of snow could add to what is already on the ground at elevations above 5,500 feet.
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The National Weather Service is predicting a brief break in rain after the storm moves east. Then a weaker storm moves in Thursday afternoon or night, followed by another stronger wet weather system on Friday night.
The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Tuesday: Patchy dense fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming east-southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday night: Rain, mainly after 10 p.m. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 49. Southeast wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Wednesday: Rain before 10 a.m., then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m.. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 58. South-southwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday night: A 40 percent chance of showers before 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South-southeast wind around 8 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of rain after 10 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 54. South-southeast wind around 6 mph.
Thursday night: A chance of rain before 10 p.m., then a chance of showers after 10 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 46. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
Friday night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Saturday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
Saturday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 55.
Sunday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Martin Luther King Jr. day: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.