A line of showers was spotted early Wednesday morning nearing the northwest coast of the state, a precursor to afternoon showers expected in Sacramento this afternoon.
The National Weather Service predicts that scattered showers, and maybe some thunderstorms, will spread inland by late morning into the northern Sacramento Valley.
Then, computer models indicate showers and thunderstorm chances increase this afternoon in the Sacramento region.
Also, an inch or two of snow is possible late this afternoon, continuing into the evening, in the northern Sierra.
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Dry and mild weather is expected Thursday and through the weekend.
The detailed, 7-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:
Wednesday: Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Light and variable wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest 12 to 17 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. Northwest wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light west northwest in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy.
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87. Breezy.
Sunday night: Clear, with a low around 56.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 82.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 80.