A fast-moving frontal system is forecast to move through Northern California this afternoon and tonight, bringing rain to the Sacramento region and snow to the Sierra Nevada.
The forecasts from the National Weather Service for Christmas Eve day and Christmas Day show how the little storm predicted for today will hit and run to the east in quick fashion.
Wednesday: A quick shot of showers this afternoon and evening with 0.05 to 0.25 of an inch of rain forecast for the valley and up to an inch in the foothills. Snow is predicted down to 4,000-feet elevation. Strong winds over the mountain passes.
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Thursday: Breezy north winds are forecast for Christmas Day. Wind gusts to 28 mph in Sacramento, but skies will be sunny.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of rain after 11am. Areas of dense fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 59. South wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Christmas Eve: A 40 percent chance of rain before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. North northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Christmas Day: Sunny, with a high near 55. North northwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Thursday night: Clear, with a low around 38. North northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 56. North northwest wind around 10 mph.
Friday night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 37.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 56.
Saturday night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 56.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 56.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.