While the East Coast braces for a blizzard, showery weather on Friday in Northern California is expected to transition into heavier nighttime rain.
The intermittent showers of the Friday morning commute are expected to continue most of the day in Sacramento. Forecasters predict a 90 percent of rain Friday night in Sacramento. Wind is also expected to crank up after nightfall, gusting to 29 mph in Sacramento.
Snow levels in the Sierra Nevada will be high because the storm is relatively warm, but colder air trailing the front should lower snow levels Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather on Sunday turns sunny. The advance forecast from the NWS notes that rain clouds will disappear for several days next week as a high-pressure system develops.
Meanwhile, a blizzard approaching the East Coast has started delivering snow in Virginia, Tennessee and other parts of the South on Friday, according to the Associated Press.
Snowfall as heavy as 1 to 3 inches an hour could last for 24 hours or more in some areas. That puts estimates at more than 2 feet for Washington, D.C., a foot to 18 inches for Philadelphia and 8 inches to a foot in New York.
No weather-related cancellations were reported Friday morning at Sacramento International Airport.
Rainfall amounts as of 9 a.m. Friday:
Sacramento International Airport: 0.26
Rancho Cordova: 0.12
Folsom Lake: 0.04
Rio Linda: 0.23
Fair Oaks: 0.12
The detailed, seven-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:
Friday: Rain. High near 57. South-southeast wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter- and half-inch possible.
Friday night: Rain. Low around 48. South-southeast wind 14 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth- and quarter-inch possible.
Saturday: Showers likely before 11 a.m, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. South wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth- and quarter-inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday night: A 30 percent chance of showers before 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. South-southeast wind 5 to 8 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Calm wind becoming north-northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday night: Patchy dense fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Monday: Areas of dense fog before 11 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
Monday night: Patchy fog. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
Tuesday night: Areas of fog after 5 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Wednesday: Areas of fog. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 63.
Wednesday night: Patchy fog. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Thursday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 65.