Rain, snow and cold to hit Sacramento and Tahoe. Here’s what to prepare for this week

Sacramento’s chilling cold front is pushing out just in time for wet, cloudy weather.

While rain is forecast to fall Thursday night and Friday, the capital city probably won’t see much of it — besides a few sprinkles in the Sacramento Valley. Dry weather will return Friday and Saturday ahead of a stronger rain Sunday, said meteorologist Cory Mueller with the National Weather Service.

Between a quarter of an inch and a half of an inch of rain could fall from Saturday night to Sunday. If you have weekend plans in Tahoe, it’s a good idea to check the forecast before you travel.

Light mountain snow could fall Thursday night into Friday across the Sierra, potentially causing travel delays and slick roads. A heavier storm is forecast to follow Sunday, Mueller said, with a potential of 1 to 2 inches of snow.

Cold weather returns to Sacramento

Chilly weather will return to Sacramento next week, which is normal for this time of year.

Temperatures earlier in the week were below average, Mueller said, but “it wasn’t uncommon for winter in California.”

February kicked off to a chilling start of 34 degrees. Here’s how the surrounding areas made out:

Some advice: Bundle up, especially in the mornings, until temperatures start to warm up in March.

Sacramento weather forecast

Here’s a look at Sacramento’s forecast, according to the National Weather Service, as of Wednesday morning:

Wednesday | High near 57 degrees

Mostly sunny with light wind.

Wednesday night | Low of 35 degrees

Frost after 5 a.m., then partly cloudy with light wind.

Thursday | High near 59 degrees

Frost before 10 a.m., then partly sunny with calm winds around 6 mph.

Thursday night | Low of 44 degrees

Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain after 5 a.m. Winds around 6 mph after midnight.

Friday | High near 56

Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain before 11 a.m. Winds around 6 mph.

Friday night | Low of 41 degrees

Mostly cloudy.

Saturday | High near 59 degrees

Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain after 5 p.m.

Saturday night | Low of 47

Mostly cloudy with showers after 11 p.m.

Sunday | High near 58

Partly sunny with a chance of rain before 5 p.m.

Sunday night | Low of 39

Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain before 11 p.m.

Monday | High around 59 degrees

Mostly sunny.

Monday night | Low of 36 degrees

Mostly clear.

Tuesday | High near 58 degrees

Mostly sunny.

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