Rain-soaked foothills could have white Christmas Eve

The weather system of Monday delivered large amounts of rain to the foothills, but the one slated for Thursday will be colder and will likely make for a white Christmas Eve around communities such as Placerville.

Christmas Day is predicted to be mostly sunny in Sacramento. Today’s weather is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a good chance of some wind gusts around 20 mph.

The rainstorm of Monday was hit or miss. Rainfall amounts were wide-ranging in the region from 0.05 of an inch at Sacramento International Airport to 2.44 inches in Pilot Hill. Totals for 24 hours to 5 a.m. Tuesday:

Sacramento: 0.18

Rio Linda: 0.12

Elk Grove: 0.19

Rancho Cordova: 0.24

Fair Oaks: 0.55

Orangevale: 0.63

Folsom Lake: 0.75

Rocklin: 0.55

Loomis: 0.75

Newcastle: 0.87

Auburn: 2.06

The weather on Wednesday looks great for last-minute Christmas shopping with mostly sunny skies predicted for the region. Then, another storm system enters the area. Rain is predicted for Sacramento on Thursday.

The colder storm on Thursday is expected to produce snow down to the 2,500-feet elevation level on Christmas Eve. The National Weather Service notes that major travel problems could develop early Thursday with lowering snowfall levels.

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The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. West southwest wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light south after midnight.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. North northwest wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday night: Rain, mainly after 4am. Low around 39. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday: Rain. High near 51. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Christmas Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 52.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Sunday night: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Monday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 52.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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