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Windy rain-producer appears headed Sacramento’s way

A potent storm is expected to deliver high winds and perhaps a couple inches of rain to Sacramento later this week.

Precipitation amounts are difficult to predict with the major part of the storm still days away, but National Weather Service forecasters say the winds are likely to be very gusty and rain heavy, especially Thursday.

Look for the possibility of broken branches from the storm, even though last week’s rain sent many leaves to the ground, thus lightening the load on trees. With Christmas lights strung, don’t be surprised to hear the slapping of multi-colored bulbs against metal rain gutters starting Wednesday night.

The gathering storm has the potential to be the strongest storm in several years, according to NWS forecasters.

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

Monday: A chance of drizzle before 4pm, then a slight chance of showers after 4pm. Areas of dense fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Areas of fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Calm wind.

Tuesday: Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 64. Light and variable wind.

Tuesday night: Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 50. Calm wind.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 63. Light southeast wind increasing to 8 to 13 mph in the morning.

Wednesday night: Rain, mainly after 10pm. Low around 57. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday: Rain. High near 60. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Thursday night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 49.

Friday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 56.

Friday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

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

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