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Multiple storm systems mean yet another wet week across much of Northern California, but forecasts show rain and snow totals should be light.
Light showers in Sacramento are possible Monday to Tuesday and Thursday through Friday, sandwiching a dry Wednesday, according to the latest National Weather Service forecast.
Thunderstorms are also possible after 11 a.m. Tuesday, which could bring heavier downpours.
Heavier rains will remain over the northern part of the Sacramento Valley, and the mountains will also see a few inches of snow through the week.
How light is light?
Barring a thunderstorm, Sacramento will see less than a quarter-inch of rain between Monday and Tuesday, NWS predicts. Isolated showers could drop a similar amount Thursday through Friday.
The area will continue to see fairly warm weather this week, with a high of 70 expected Monday as showers will be most likely at night. High temperatures the rest of the week will hover in the mid to high 60s.
Winds should remain relatively calm, slower than 10 mph.
Is it still snowing?
Yes, but it won’t be a blizzard in the Sierra.
The Donner and Echo passes to Tahoe are forecast for about 3 to 4 inches of snowfall Monday through Thursday, with 8 to 12 inches expected further south, including Sonora Pass.
Caltrans and NWS aren’t discouraging mountain travel and there are no winter storm advisories currently in place, but those snow totals could result in off-and-on chain controls along Interstate 80 and Highway 50.
Snow levels will be above 6,000 feet Tuesday, rising to 7,000 feet or higher by Friday.