SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rain and snow are returning to Northern California this weekend and commuters should expect impacts to their as they head into the weekend.

On Thursday and Friday, we can expect light precipitation, but mainly in the foothills.

The real fun doesn't begin until Saturday. 

Showers should begin Saturday morning, but heavier rain and snow will develop throughout the evening. The strongest part of the storm will likely hit overnight, Saturday into Sunday. Heavy rain is expected to arrive early Sunday. The Sierra is expecting 4 - 12 inches of snow by late Sunday, early Monday.

Travel delays are expected this weekend in the mountains with snow level lowering through Saturday evening into Sunday. Snow will begin around 8,000 feet late Saturday, which will mean a mix of rain and snow at the passes. The snow level is expected to fall below the passes on Sunday to near 5,000 feet level.

Commuter should prepare for chain controls and delays in the mountains. Closer to home in the Valley, commutes might take longer than usual, so drive slowly and carefully. 

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When we return to work on Monday, driving conditions should improve as dry weather returns. 

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