An inch of rain is forecast to fall in Sacramento beginning Tuesday and continuing into Wednesday.
Until then, the skies are expected to be gray and the temperature should hover around 65 degrees in the Sacramento region.
The rainfall total for the season stands at 2.21 inches in Sacramento, which is 57 percent of normal for Dec. 1. The long Thanksgiving weekend weather dreariness delivered 0.58 inch of rain.
The National Weather Service is predicting that rainfall totals of an inch or two are possible by Thursday in the Sacramento Valley. In the Sierra Nevada, the highest elevations may see a foot of snow.
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Precipitation is expected to spread late Tuesday morning. A low pressure system is forecast to tap into moisture off the coast of Baja California.
Drawing on that wet Baja weather system could produce some impressive precipitation for Northern California, according to the weather service. Gusty winds are also possible at times.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Light and variable wind becoming southeast around 5 mph.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of rain after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. North wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: A chance of rain, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm after 10am. High near 56. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Tuesday night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then showers between 10pm and 4am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4am. Low around 55. Southeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Wednesday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 62. South southeast wind 8 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Wednesday night: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.
Thursday night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
Friday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62.
Friday night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 61.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.