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Rain, wind, mountain snow dominate conditions leading to Christmas in north state

This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, shows a storm moving into the Pacific Northwest. This is producing coastal rains and mountain snows throughout the region.
This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, shows a storm moving into the Pacific Northwest. This is producing coastal rains and mountain snows throughout the region. AP

Winter arrives this week with wind, rain and snow in Northern California, leading to a wet Christmas, the National Weather Service predicts.

Rain could be heavy at times, and strong sustained wind could gust beyond 30 mph on Monday. Weather systems are forecast to move through the Sacramento region and the Sierra throughout the week.

A wetter storm than the one Sacramento experienced over the weekend is expected to visit the city Monday. Rainfall totals in the Sacramento area could reach three-quarters of an inch.

Very wet snow is predicted for the Sierra Nevada on Monday. The storm is expected to be stronger, wetter and warmer than the weekend Sierra weather.

Snow falling faster that 1 inch per hour is forecast for Monday afternoon and night in the Sierra, according to the NWS. Rainfall in the foothills could be impressive, forecasters say.

Showers could linger on Tuesday, but Wednesday looks dry in Sacramento. Another winter storm could move into the region on Thursday with a slight chance of showers predicted for Christmas day.

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

Monday: Rain, heavy at times. High near 56. South-southeast wind 13 to 18 mph, increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon with gusts up to 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter- and half inch possible.

Monday night: Rain. Low around 51. Breezy, with a south wind 21 to 25 mph, with gusts to 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a half- and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday: Showers likely, mainly before 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. South wind 16 to 20 mph, with gusts to 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Rain totals to a quarter inch possible.

Tuesday night: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South-southwest wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind around 7 mph.

Wednesday night: A 20 percent chance of rain after 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Thursday: Rain. High near 53. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Thursday night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Friday, Christmas: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

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

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 52.

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

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 54.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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