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Wintry blast expected Tuesday in Sacramento

Lovely winter weather is predicted for Monday, but the Tuesday outlook is blustery and chilly.

The high on Monday in Sacramento is expected to be 62 degrees, perfect for returning the garish, the not needed and the ill-fitting Christmas gift. However, better get it done today, because winds kick up tonight.

By Tuesday, gusts could reach 38 mph in the Sacramento region.

Also, the mornings through Friday are expected to get down near freezing in the Sacramento area. Early Wednesday morning the mercury could dip to 33 degrees, a temperature that could damage sensitive plants.

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

Monday: Patchy frost before 11am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 52. Calm wind.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph.

Tuesday night: Clear, with a low around 33. North wind 18 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 51. North wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Wednesday night: Clear, with a low around 30.

New Year's Day: Sunny, with a high near 49.

Thursday night: Patchy frost after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 33.

Friday: Patchy frost before 11am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 50.

Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

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

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

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

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