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‘Quite a bit’ of wind and rain in forecast for Sacramento

Commuter ML Mann struggles in the wind and rain to make her way to catch a ferry, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, to San Francisco from Sausalito, Calif.
Commuter ML Mann struggles in the wind and rain to make her way to catch a ferry, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, to San Francisco from Sausalito, Calif. AP

Wind and rain may hit Sacramento as early as Thursday night, the National Weather Service said.

Thursday’s high temperature will reach 64 degrees. By afternoon, winds should pick up to about 15 mph with a 40 percent chance of rain. The probability of precipitation will increase to 80 percent in the evening, according to weather service forecaster Eric Kurth.

“We’re expecting quite a bit of wind and quite a bit of rain,” Kurth said. “This is an atmospheric river: tropical moisture coming in.”

On Friday, precipitation is expected to ramp up significantly, with about 1.30 inches of rain predicted for Sacramento.

Here’s the seven-day forecast:

Thursday: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Thursday night: Rain likely, mainly after 4 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind 6 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday: Rain. Temperature falling to around 54 by 10 a.m. Breezy, with a south-southeast wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and 1 inch possible.

Friday night: Rain. Low around 54. Breezy, with a south-southeast wind around 24 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday: Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 10 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 63. South-southeast wind 18 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Saturday night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Sunday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Sunday night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 55.

Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 63.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 44.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang, (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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