SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lingering showers move south as we dry out Monday.
A bigger, more organized weather system arrives early Tuesday. This will be a colder storm with lower snow levels.
Rain – heavy at times – on Tuesday with snow levels in the 3500-5000 foot range throughout the duration of the midweek storm. Another inch of rain in the valley is possible, while another 1 to 3 feet of snow is expected in the Sierra. Early morning Tuesday commute will be messy and wet.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect Tuesday morning through lunchtime Wednesday. The heaviest precipitation is expected Tuesday.
Something to be mindful of is that rivers will continue to be running high – even on dry, sunny days – due to Sierra runoff and reservoir releases. For instance, water is expected to continue to flow into the Yolo Bypass for a while. The Fremont Weir is diverting about 65,000 cubic feet per second off the Sacramento River into the Yolo, and that continues all week.
More showers are possible for the end of the week.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with with highs near 60°. Lake Tahoe highs near 40° with early morning snow then clearing.
TONIGHT: Fairly quiet with rain and snow moving in by morning. Valley lows in the 40s. Sierra lows in the 20s.
TUESDAY: Rain returns with highs in the lower 50s. Lake Tahoe highs in the upper 30s with heavy snow.
WEDNESDAY: Lingering rain showers with highs in the mid-50s. Lake Tahoe highs in the 30s with lingering showers.
THURSDAY: Chance of showers with highs near 60°. Lake Tahoe highs in the 30s with a chance of snow.
FRIDAY: Chance of showers with highs in the upper 50s. Lake Tahoe highs in the 30s with snow likely.
SATURDAY: A mix of sun and clouds with a slight chance of a shower. Highs in the upper 50s. Lake Tahoe highs in the 30s with snow likely.
SUNDAY: Chance of showers with highs in the upper 50s. Lake Tahoe highs in the 40s with a chance of showers.
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