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Colder storm approaches Sacramento area, with snow at lower elevations predicted

This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, shows mostly clear skies and fair weather dominating the western United States due to a large surface ridge that is stabilizing atmospheric conditions. But a cold weather system is predicted to sweep down into Northern California, bringing snow to lower mountain and foothill elevations.
This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, shows mostly clear skies and fair weather dominating the western United States due to a large surface ridge that is stabilizing atmospheric conditions. But a cold weather system is predicted to sweep down into Northern California, bringing snow to lower mountain and foothill elevations. AP

Sacramento will see sunny skies on Sunday, but a cold storm from the Gulf of Alaska is expected to bring snow as low as the foothills and small amounts of rain to the valley.

Along with precipitation, the weather front will suppress temperatures, holding highs in the low 50s and dropping lows to near freezing.

Sunday is expected to be a classic fall day in the Sacramento area. After the fog clears out, downtown Sacramento will see a high temperature of 68 degrees, said Eric Kurth, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

But starting Tuesday, Northern California will experience the coldest storm of the year so far, Kurth said, the fourth to go through the region in November, resulting in more snow for the Sierra and down to the foothills.

“This will bring snow down to the foothills at elevations of 2,500 feet,” he said, meaning cities such as Placerville, at about 1,900 feet in El Dorado County, and Auburn, at about 1,200 feet in Placer County, won’t get snow. “At higher elevations around 6,500 feet, there could be up to 10 inches of snow.”

In Sacramento, the system is expected to be much more muted, with only a tenth of an inch in rain predicted for downtown. Towns east of Sacramento such as El Dorado Hills and Roseville could see up to a quarter of an inch of rain, according to the weather service.

Here’s the seven-day forecast:

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind.

Sunday night: Patchy fog after 11 p.m. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 46. Light north wind.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 66. Light and variable wind.

Monday night: A 30 percent chance of rain after 5 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. South wind 5 to 8 mph.

Tuesday: A chance of rain before 11 a.m., then a chance of showers after 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. West-southwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Tuesday night: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

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

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

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

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 54.

Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang

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