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Winds to pick up in Sacramento before big chill next week

Breezy conditions are forecast to persist over the next couple of days in the Sacramento region.

A building high-pressure system over the Pacific Ocean is expected to produce north winds through Friday. The strongest winds, according to the National Weather Service, are forecast for Thursday evening on the west side of the Sacramento Valley and in the coastal mountains.

As the high pressure slides inland Saturday, winds will diminish and daytime temperatures will warm.

Next week, it looks like temperatures will precipitously drop. Early-morning temperatures could hover around freezing in Sacramento by Monday.

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

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 57. North northwest wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 38. North northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 58. North northwest wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39. North wind 5 to 11 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Monday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 33.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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