Update: Rainfall, in the form of showers and possibly a thunderstorm, is dropping Wednesday night in Sacramento.
Heavy rain is forecast through 10 p.m., the National Weather Service reports. The low Wednesday night is expected to drop to 49 degrees in Sacramento, with a south wind 13 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph, expected, according to the weather service.
New rainfall amounts between a quarter- and half-of-an-inch is possible, forecasters report. A wind advisory is in effect for the area until midnight.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District reported that a power outage that began at 8:09 p.m. affected 5,421 customers in the south Sacramento area east of Highway 99 and south of Highway 50. Power was restored about 8:50 p.m., SMUD reported on its outage web page.
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Earlier report: Rain and wind will make a return engagement to Sacramento starting this afternoon.
The National Weather Service is forecasting the possibility of heavy rain at times after 4 p.m. The largest downpours are expected late in the evening.
Along with the return of rain, the NWS predicts windy conditions will prevail throughout the day and into the night. Winds could gust to 31 mph in Sacramento.
In Truckee, the wind was howling Wednesday morning. Truckee police reported numerous downed trees and power lines.
About a foot of snow at fairly high elevations is expected to fall in the Sierra Nevada. Snowfall should continue into Thursday.
Downtown Sacramento broke a record for the date Tuesday, reaching a high of 77 degrees, but temperatures are expected to drop about 10 degrees Wednesday as the storm system moves into the region.
The previous record for Feb. 16 was 76 degrees, set in 1977. Executive Airport reported a high of 75 degrees, tying the record set in 2007.
The detailed, 7-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:
Wednesday: Rain, mainly after 4pm. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 68. South wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tonight: Rain before 10pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 48. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 11 to 16 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. South wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday night: A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light southeast in the evening.
Friday: A slight chance of rain before 4pm, then a chance of showers after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. South wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday night: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Saturday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 64.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Sunday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 69.
Sunday night: Clear, with a low around 45.
Monday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 71.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.