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North winds to spring up Thursday in Sacramento

Batten down the hatches because winds are expected to rev up Thursday with gusts predicted to blow at 40 mph in the Sacramento region.

Winds are forecast to begin late Wednesday night and remain steady at around 25 mph on Thursday in Sacramento. Winds are expected to taper Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.

After a chance of sprinkles Wednesday morning, the lead-up to Christmas looks dry. The detailed, 7-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:

Today: A slight chance of sprinkles before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Light and variable wind.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northwest after midnight.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 23 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a north wind 17 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 59. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 63.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 41.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 62.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

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