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Chilly gusts to die away before Sunday marathon in Sacramento

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While Friday’s weather has dawned with a decided chill delivered with a bracing, brisk breeze, by Sunday the marathoners toeing the line in Folsom will have more pleasant conditions.

Gusts are expected to reach 20 mph on Friday in the Sacramento region as the area basks under sunny skies. The breezy conditions are doing a lot to remove remaining leaves from trees.

Sacramento’s early morning temperatures in the low-40s, combined with the windy conditions made for a chilly start to the day. However, by afternoon the temperature may be around 60 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The north winds that have buffeted the area will mostly be gone on Saturday. The weather for Sunday, when the Sacramento International Marathon is held, looks good for runners: winds should be light, temperatures cool for great running and no rain.

Above average temperatures are expected this winter in the southern part of the United States, the Rockies and Hawaii as well as western and northern Alaska and northern New England. But some areas will see below average temperatures.

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

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 60. North northwest wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37. North northwest wind 5 to 11 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Calm wind.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind.

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

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

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

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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