A freeze warning has been issued by the National Weather Service Office in Sacramento for communities below 2,000-feet elevation in the Central Valley.
Another chilly night is forecast Tuesday for the Sacramento region before rain clouds move in from the Pacific Ocean. A Canadian airmass is moving into the valley, bringing subfreezing temperatures.
Readings in the Central Valley are expected to dip into the upper 20s and lower 30s overnight. The freeze warning has been issued from midnight to 9 a.m. Wednesday.
A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are likely, according to the NWS. Freezing conditions can kill crops or sensitive residential landscaping.
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
The weather service advises residents to protect exposed water pipes and provide a warm spot for pets to get through the night.
Rain is likely to move into the Sacramento area Wednesday night and wet conditions should linger through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. December is usually one of the year’s wettest months, but so far Sacramento has yet to receive a drop after copius rainfall in October and less-than-average rainfall in November.
The average rainfall in Sacramento during December is 3.48 inches.
Snow levels are predicted to start low on Wednesday night but rise on Thursday as the warm storm makes its way inland.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Tonight: Patchy frost after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 33. North wind 3 to 5 mph.
Wednesday: Areas of frost before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 50. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
Wednesday night: Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Thursday: Rain. High near 51. Southeast wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Thursday night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 59.
Friday night: A slight chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 50.
Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
Saturday night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Sunday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.
Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Monday: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.