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Calmer winds leading to a rain-free Christmas in Sacramento

A slight chance of showers is forecast for far Northern California Friday night, but otherwise fair and dry conditions with warmer-than-normal temperatures are predicted through Christmas.

The blustery conditions of Thursday are gone, replaced Friday by much calmer winds, perhaps 10 mph in the Sacramento region.

The National Weather Service released preliminary high wind speed readings from airports throughout the region Thursday night: Redding, 44 mph, Red Bluff, 44, Sacramento International, 43, Sacramento Executive, 42, Travis, 46, and Stockton, 33 mph.

Other preliminary measurements included Yuba City, 40, Sacramento, 32, Lodi, 31, Roseville, 34, Placerville, 33, Blue Canyon, 35, and Donner Pass, 47 mph.

Only .38 of an inch of rain has fallen in Sacramento in December, which is usually a pretty wet month. Normal December rainfall in Sacramento is 2.76 inches.

The week’s forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 62. North northwest wind 9 to 11 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Light and variable wind.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 64. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Saturday night: Clear, with a low around 41. North wind 5 to 9 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 63. Calm wind.

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

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 62.

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

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38.

Christmas day: Sunny, with a high near 62.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 36.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

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