After 8 days of dry weather, rain is expected to dampen Sacramento on Thursday starting around noon.
The National Weather Service predicts that showers today will be accompanied by brisk winds. Gusts could reach 30 mph in Sacramento, which will do a lot to remove remaining leaves from trees.
The NWS timing of the one-day storm goes like this:
Precipitation expected in Redding by late morning, showers in the Sacramento region around lunchtime and snow in the northern Sierra Nevada in the afternoon. The main precipitation band is expected to go east into the foothills by late afternoon.
Watch out for hazardous driving conditions in the Sierra late in the day. In Sacramento, rainfall will not be heavy: from a quarter- to a half-inch of precipitation.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Thursday: Rain between 10am and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. High near 58. South wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
Friday night: Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 38. Light north northeast wind.
Saturday: Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Light and variable wind.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Sunday: A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58.
Sunday night: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Monday: A slight chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 59.
Monday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 61.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 60.