With fall comes rain, and some Northern California areas are bracing for heavier amounts than others. The Sacramento region is expected to receive very light rainfall.
An atmospheric river storm was predicted to bring precipitation and high wind to Northern California early this week. That’s still expected to happen with chances in Sacramento now being roughly 20%, said meteorologist Brian Ochs with the National Weather Service.
The areas expected to be hit with the most rain — with an about 60% chance and a little over a quarter of an inch — will be the Sierra Nevada as well as portions of Redding, Eureka and Weaverville.
“Pretty much anywhere along the coast as well,” Ochs said.
Rain is in the forecast for portions of interior #NorCal through early Tuesday. It is expected to begin this afternoon over Shasta County with some sprinkles possibly making it down to Sacramento and the Interstate 80 corridor tonight. ️ #CAwx pic.twitter.com/sqcdxH5d0h
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) September 25, 2023
Atmospheric rivers are tropical storms fueled by arduous amounts of rain being pushed upward, according to the American Meteorologist Society. The first of the season will also bring wet conditions near the Oregon border.
Meteorologists are urging motorists to drive cautiously over the next couple of days as roads could become slick from the rain, according to a Sunday post from the weather service on X, formally known as Twitter.
Rain is in the forecast for portions of NorCal late Mon/Tues, mainly north of I-80. Roads may become slick, so here are some safety tips:
Allow additional travel time
Turn on your headlights when your wipers are in use
️Check the forecast before leaving#Cawx pic.twitter.com/UwzLb52NWm
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) September 24, 2023
Conditions are predicted to clear up by Tuesday morning but drivers are still cautioned to slow down and increase their following distance between cars.
Weather in Sacramento
Weather in the capital region is forecast to remain sunny with a high of 77 degrees on Monday with increasing clouds towards nightfall, according to the weather service.
Wind speeds are predicted to range between 6 and 10 mph between Monday and Wednesday. If it rains, precipitation will hit between Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday, you could wake up to cloudy skies but they’re expected to clear up by the afternoon. The temperature high is forecast to be 80 degrees and the low 57 degrees.
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