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Fair weather in Sacramento region, Sierra to be interrupted by brief Christmas Eve rain, snow

Leslie Lopez and her dog Iko, wearing a Santa cap, enjoy fair weather at McKinley Park on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in east Sacramento, Calif. Fair conditions are expected to continue until a moderate weather system brings limited precipitation to the region on Wednesday.
Leslie Lopez and her dog Iko, wearing a Santa cap, enjoy fair weather at McKinley Park on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in east Sacramento, Calif. Fair conditions are expected to continue until a moderate weather system brings limited precipitation to the region on Wednesday. rbyer@sacbee.com

Dry and mild weather through Tuesday is expected to end Christmas Eve when a cold-weather system is forecast to bring a quick shot of rain to Sacramento and snow to the Sierra.

Neither the rain nor the snow is expected to be heavy. The National Weather Service continues to call for a sunny Christmas Day in Sacramento.

The main impact from the storm will be travel problems in the mountains Wednesday night from accumulating snow, according to the NWS.

Here are fractional rainfall amounts predicted by the NWS for Wednesday afternoon and Christmas Eve:

Sacramento: 0.07

Roseville: 0.09

Woodland: 0.05

Placerville: 0.20

Auburn: 0.17

Yuba City: 0.10

Redding: 0.24

Grass Valley: 0.27

Lodi: 0.05

Monday morning’s fog in the Sacramento region was expected to burn off. Portions of Lincoln, Roseville, Folsom and Rancho Cordova were experiencing dense fog.

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

Monday: A chance of drizzle before 10 a.m. Mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then becoming sunny, with a high near 64. North-northwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

Monday night: Patchy dense fog after 4 a.m. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 47. North-northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

Tuesday: Patchy dense fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 62. Calm wind becoming south-southeast around 5 mph.

Tuesday night: Patchy dense fog after 10 p.m. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 46. Calm wind.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4 p.m. Patchy dense fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind.

Wednesday night: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Christmas Day: Sunny, with a high near 57.

Thursday night: Clear, with a low around 41.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 58.

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

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

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

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