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Slow down in fog before sun shines on Sacramento

Julie Madden takes her dogs "Belly" and "Poppy" for a walk on a foggy morning, Tuesday, February 11, 2014, along D Street in East Sacramento.
Julie Madden takes her dogs "Belly" and "Poppy" for a walk on a foggy morning, Tuesday, February 11, 2014, along D Street in East Sacramento. lsterling@sacbee.com

Dry, mild, spring-like weather is forecast through Friday in Northern California.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the mid-60s to 70s in the central valley, 60s in the foothills and mid-50s to 60s in the mountains. The high today in Sacramento is expected to be 67 degrees after morning fog burns away.

A crash around 5 a.m. Wednesday on westbound Highway 50 near Ponderosa Road occurred in heavy fog, according to the California Highway Patrol.

“This morning’s injury collision is a good reminder to SLOW DOWN in inclement weather such as fog or rain,” tweeted the Placerville office of the CHP.

A high pressure system off the west coast is delivering the abnormally warm conditions, in addition to blunting the arrival of storm systems. The NWS says that there is little chance for substantial precipitation in the long term.

A cooler pattern accompanied by breezes is forecast for the weekend. That slight change may bring some light showers to the Sierra Nevada.

The detailed, 7-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 67. Light and variable wind.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 42. Calm wind.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Calm wind.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the morning.

Friday night: Clear, with a low around 45.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 45.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 44.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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