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A mixed weather bag for Sacramento area’s weekend

Warm weather drew beach-goers to the American River at Discovery Park on Thursday. After a small storm Saturday, Sunday will heat up.
Warm weather drew beach-goers to the American River at Discovery Park on Thursday. After a small storm Saturday, Sunday will heat up. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

A small spring storm is expected to provide rain and snow late Friday and Saturday in Northern California.

Most of the precipitation is expected to fall starting around midnight and then continuing until about noon on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather service forecasters warn that travel in the mountains could be slippery Friday night and Saturday. Snow could fall to the 5,000-feet elevation level.

In Sacramento, the weather system might drop less than a tenth of an inch of rain. The mild storm system will also usher in cooler weather with a high of just 70 degrees forecast for Saturday.

High pressure is predicted to build behind the exiting weather front, leading to Sunday warming. The high on Sunday in Sacramento is expected to jump to 81 degrees.

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

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 73. South southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Tonight: Rain likely after 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southwest wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 70. South wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Light north northwest wind increasing to 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 88.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 86.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 50.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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